Main definitions of console in English

: console1console2

console1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Comfort (someone) at a time of grief or disappointment.

    ‘she tried to console him but he pushed her gently away’
    ‘you can console yourself with the thought that you did your best’
    ‘he put a consoling arm around her shoulder’
    • ‘Although the recent tendency has been towards bad service, you are often consoled after the first half hour with a bowl of mini cheddars.’
    • ‘For example, the day of the verdict, I consoled a good friend of mine about the loss of her father.’
    • ‘A great deal has been said about these artists searching for the ugly instead of consoling us with beauty.’
    • ‘He consoled the congregation with the thought that the people had died well-prepared.’
    • ‘When a pet died, the family was consoled with pies, cookies and other home-baked goods.’
    • ‘I consoled him and over his shoulder I saw the girl giving me the eye.’
    • ‘A woman, who looked like his mother, was petting him on his back, consoling him.’
    • ‘A female, like Amy, would have just listened to me and consoled me while I had my personal pity party.’
    • ‘She had automatically taken her sister into her arms to console her and now Alice was sobbing on her shoulder.’
    • ‘However I was consoled by the fact that when it had cooled down to a bearable temperature it actually tasted very good.’
    • ‘Gently she stroked her hair and consoled her with a reassuring touch.’
    • ‘I was genuinely consoled, however, by the fact that my long held suspicions were confirmed.’
    • ‘We were also consoled by the fact that the mouse had probably gone to Rodent Heaven, where the cheese is limitless and cats are nowhere to be seen.’
    • ‘She consoled party officials by declaring that there was still time to prepare for next year's general elections.’
    • ‘The best parts of my day were not with him, and when I had a bad day at work, you consoled me.’
    • ‘But hey, that's life. I consoled her by spending my winnings on chocolate.’
    • ‘As usual, I found myself consoling her for my loss, though she was responsible for it.’
    • ‘His intent had been to console her; a comfort in the face of growing danger, but she had simply agreed with his assessment of the situation.’
    • ‘My associate quickly became a friend as he tried consoling me with humour and sympathy.’
    • ‘You know, really I was just trying to console him and comfort him.’
    comfort, solace, condole with, give condolences to
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Origin

Mid 17th century (replacing earlier consolate): from French consoler, from Latin consolari, from con- ‘with’ + solari ‘soothe’.

Pronunciation

console

/kənˈsəʊl/

Main definitions of console in English

: console1console2

console2

noun

  • 1A panel or unit accommodating a set of controls for electronic or mechanical equipment.

    • ‘They were expendable anyway, since whenever the ship was hit, control panels and consoles on the bridge would short out in their faces.’
    • ‘If for some reason a motor or harmonic drive unit failed, it could be disengaged from the control console and could free-wheel.’
    • ‘Data storage can be managed at a central location and recovery, even of infected files, can be controlled from a single console.’
    • ‘The wood panels make the console nice-looking, the layout of controls is truly eye-catching and the control layout makes sense.’
    • ‘The officer hit several controls on the console before him.’
    • ‘The wall opposite the door contained the console controlling the elevator, which was now counting down numbers as it passed floors on its way to the bottom.’
    • ‘The medical physicist or the radiation therapist programs the control console.’
    • ‘However he realized that the emergency lights we're on and the main source of lighting was the fires that burned on the control consoles and the walls.’
    • ‘It consists of three components - an accelerator mounted on a motor-driven gantry, a modulator, and a control console.’
    • ‘The limo was expensively furnished, upholstered in leather and faux wood, a large electronic control console on the passenger side.’
    • ‘Ruby raced to the intercom and control console for the electronic gates.’
    • ‘Hackers can also jack enemy vehicles and make them their own, as well as hack enemy consoles so friendly units can use them.’
    • ‘The control console has complete instruments for both engines although there is no convenient charting space available.’
    • ‘Integration of instrument panels to consoles is done in a way that we've not been able to achieve in the past.’
    • ‘You should see a data disk stuck into a control console.’
    • ‘It features a 2-tone color scheme and a central spine shape that also appears on the center console and instrument panel.’
    • ‘However, when she hit the ground, her left shoulder came in contact with the side panel of the control console.’
    • ‘Once someone gains access to the management console of a switch, he or she has complete control over the parameters of the switch.’
    • ‘I turn to see her enter behind me, waving a hand pass the control console, closing the doors and starting the short trip to the observation deck above.’
    • ‘The consoles and instrument panels were black as well, and were not dulled by the fluorescent lights shining overhead.’
    control panel, instrument panel, dashboard, keyboard, keypad
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    1. 1.1 A small electronic device for playing computerized video games.
      • ‘Up to four computers or games consoles can be attached directly to the device using Ethernet, the standard network connection.’
      • ‘You can even power up and down the console with your wireless controller.’
      • ‘Other electronics devices - DVD players, games consoles, and digital cameras - are competing for limited funds.’
      • ‘Ten years ago, very few people had games consoles, broadband Internet or mobile phones.’
      • ‘It might well be that the first genuinely emotional computers are games consoles rather than spacecraft.’
      • ‘Each has a console, extra controller, the DVD playback kit, and various games.’
      • ‘And parents seem to be far more concerned about the amount of time their children spend wired up to games consoles than the actual games they are playing.’
      • ‘Kids these days have shunned bikes and action men in favour of mobile phones and games consoles.’
      • ‘The lad, 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, conned more than 100 people by offering cheap phones, computers, games consoles and other electrical stuff.’
      • ‘Plus, it also works with television, DVD players and many games consoles.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that the launch of several new games consoles offering not just games but DVD movies and the promise of online features are tapping a rich vein of demand.’
      • ‘A surround sound hi-fi system, plasma TV screen, multiplayer games consoles, internet-connected computers with webcam are just some of the accessories that will fit the bill.’
      • ‘This year, games consoles were everywhere, as well as plasma screens and other domestic products.’
      • ‘I can't honestly say that a lead between my controller and the console has ever proved restrictive in my gaming pleasure.’
      • ‘But presumably there will come a time when most homes have it, and it will feed a broader local network comprising not only computers but games consoles and other home entertainment devices.’
      • ‘There was a fairly large flatscreen on one wall, along with a DVD player and a couple of gaming consoles on a small table thing nearby.’
      • ‘This was due mainly to weaker sales of games consoles, audio products and extended warranties.’
      • ‘Downstairs the living room was equipped with the latest electronic equipment including satellite TV, two DVD players and games consoles.’
      • ‘The 26-year-old mainly targeted homes empty during the day time and took electrical items such as laptop computers, DVD players and games consoles.’
      • ‘In 2000, an Australian researcher warned that we could be on the threshold of a global disaster because of the amount of time kids spent using computers and games consoles.’
    2. 1.2 A cabinet for television or radio equipment.
      • ‘Greta folded her arms across her chest, peering from the scope to the radio console.’
      • ‘Several television monitors embedded in the console gave a wider view below and to the sides.’
      • ‘This may be my last broadcast gentle listeners, the last time you hear my soothing words and sage advice drifting out of your radio consoles like a summer zephyr.’
      • ‘It's a gorgeous multi-level spot with bare brick walls, television consoles in the floor and sleek black tables to suit the sushi and maki dishes on the menu.’
      • ‘Shirked off, Arthur follows Joan to the bathroom and, as he watches her, his eyes click on like an old-fashioned radio console.’
      • ‘My suite has classic Lanna touches in its fabrics and art works, and a cannily rotating television console.’
      • ‘Because there are a variety of finishes, they can be matched with other wood finishes in the room, whether it is that of a coffee table or entertainment console.’
      • ‘He flipped a few switches on the radio console and pressed the transmit button.’
      • ‘Jacob redirected the video feed from the console to a camera above the viewing window.’
      • ‘A meteorite crashed through the ceiling, bounced off the radio console, swiped the side of her left thigh and rolled onto the floor.’
      • ‘Five little televisions sat on a console, each monitoring several different security rooms.’
      • ‘Lawrence looked over to the radio console and made a slashing motion across his throat.’
      • ‘Pressing this button causes an alarm to appear on the radio console.’
    3. 1.3 The cabinet or enclosure containing the keyboards, stops, pedals, etc., of an organ.
      • ‘The organ console was respecified to match the organ I was building.’
      • ‘For example, elevated or centralized organ consoles suggest the object of our worship is the music, or (worse yet) the musician.’
      • ‘Even the organ console was designed to match the Mayan decor of the theater.’
      • ‘The organ console was located at the left side of the shallow orchestra pit, and its music rack and decorative French caps extended above the level of the stage floor.’
      • ‘This time, the focus was on synths and consoles.’
  • 2An ornamented bracket or corbel supporting a shelf or table top.

    • ‘Two other hardware elements made by hand are door catches/stops and the shelf consoles that support adjustable shelves.’
    • ‘There will be an array of other items on display - tables for dining, consoles, side, centre, and coffee tables, mirror frames in wood, and articles in wrought iron and other media.’
    • ‘Made of vitreous China, sinks like the 27 1/2-inch pedestal basin shown come with pedestal covers or metal consoles.’
    • ‘Because the mirrors were so enormous, it was only in exceptional cases that ceiling heights permitted the consoles below them to be of a normal height.’
    • ‘Classic urn lamps supported by contemporary consoles establish the room's style mix.’
    • ‘But if I was mounting them on the wall I would probably "hang" them on ordinary shelf consoles.’
    • ‘In the museum lobby, a main directory resting on a console introduces the tactile itinerary on the slanted glass surface.’
    • ‘The table and shelf consoles have customized dimensions, materials and colors to suit your space and your functional requirements.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (in console (sense 2)): from French, perhaps from consolider, from Latin consolidare (see consolidate).

Pronunciation

console

/ˈkɒnsəʊl/