- switchboard switch‧board [ˈswɪtʆbɔːd ǁ -bɔːrd] noun [countable]a system used to connect telephone calls in an office building, hotel etc:
• Calls must pass through the switchboard with the minimum delay.
• Contact the switchboard operator to arrange an early morning call.
* * *switchboard UK US /ˈswɪtʃbɔːd/ noun [C]► COMMUNICATIONS, WORKPLACE a piece of equipment used to direct telephone calls to the right department or person in an organization: jam/man/ring the switchboard »
Viewers jammed the switchboard with complaints.»
She worked as a switchboard operator at a hotel.
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switchboard — switch board n. 1. an elctrical apparatus consisting predominantly of a panel on which are switches or other means of completing electrical circuits; used especially for the devices used in telephone exchanges. See sense 2. [PJC] 2. (Telephone)… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
switchboard — 1873, from SWITCH (Cf. switch) (n.) + BOARD (Cf. board) (n.1) … Etymology dictionary
switchboard — ► NOUN 1) an installation for the manual control of telephone connections. 2) an apparatus for varying connections between electric circuits … English terms dictionary
switchboard — ☆ switchboard [swichbôrd΄ ] n. a board or panel equipped with apparatus for controlling the operation of a system of electric circuits, as in a telephone exchange … English World dictionary
switchboard — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ telephone VERB + SWITCHBOARD ▪ call, ring (BrE) ▪ flood, jam ▪ The switchboard was jammed with f … Collocations dictionary
switchboard — n. at a switchboard (to work at a switchboard) * * * [ swɪtʃbɔːd] at a switchboard (to work at a switchboard) … Combinatory dictionary
switchboard — noun (C) a central system used to connect telephone calls in an office building, hotel etc, or the people who operate the system: Hello switchboard? Can I have an outside line? | switchboard operators | jam the switchboard (=make too many calls… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
Switchboard — The term switchboard, when used by itself, may refer to:*Telephone switchboard *Electric switchboard *Printed circuit board *In computing, Switch board (framework) … Wikipedia
switchboard — switch|board [ˈswıtʃbo:d US bo:rd] n a system used to connect telephone calls in an office building, hotel etc, or the people who operate the system ▪ switchboard operators ▪ Hundreds of callers jammed the switchboard trying to win the tickets… … Dictionary of contemporary English
switchboard — [[t]swɪ̱tʃbɔː(r)d[/t]] switchboards N COUNT A switchboard is a place in a large office or business where all the telephone calls are connected. He asked to be connected to the central switchboard at London University... The switchboard operator… … English dictionary