Definition of dashboard in US English:



  • 1The panel facing the driver of a vehicle or the pilot of an aircraft, containing instruments and controls.

    • ‘From the driver's viewpoint, the dashboard controls are a great improvement over those of the old version.’
    • ‘If these features are available, they should be easily configurable via a simple electronic control panel on vehicle dashboards, and the defaults should favor quiet and discretion.’
    • ‘The driver can turn the system off, which prompts the screen to retract into the dashboard.’
    • ‘Guidelines say blue badges must be displayed on the dashboard of a vehicle or in a conspicuous position so all details on it can be clearly seen.’
    • ‘The dashboard controls are clear, although on the model I tested the switchgear area largely featured blanks.’
    • ‘Interface dashboards connote performance assessment in the way physical vehicles' dashboards communicate speed, fuel levels, and potential system problems.’
    • ‘Thylac leans forward and presses several blinking controls on the dashboard.’
    • ‘Many devices today, from cell phones and laptop computers to automobile dashboards and aircraft instruments, contain wires and components bonded to plastic substrates that can bend without damaging the electronics.’
    • ‘I had a few misgivings: the visibility of the dashboard was obscured by the steering wheel and the seats at the back were pretty cramped.’
    • ‘Tomorrow's vehicles will be loaded with personalizable electronic dashboards, navigation systems, entertainment/communication systems and a slew of services.’
    • ‘Lights on the vehicles' dashboards go from gold to green.’
    • ‘Even more extraordinarily, the sportier S-types have aluminium-finished dashboards and interior highlights.’
    • ‘A long dashboard reaches deep into the sloping windscreen with almost none of the bonnet visible as you peer over the dash.’
    • ‘I popped my orange disabled drivers badges on the dashboard and peered at the meter.’
    • ‘I was interested and not a little amused to note a panel on the dashboard with three small indicator lights.’
    • ‘Saddle leather is also used for the top roll of the dashboard and center console.’
    • ‘All the one-hour parking would be policed via time-discs with a clock displayed by drivers on their dashboard.’
    • ‘It will be possible to put the at-a-glance guide on the dashboard or windscreen in the driver's line of sight.’
    • ‘On the dashboard the bleeping sound carried on and a red light was flashing with the sound.’
    • ‘Controls on the dashboard allow the driver to turn the display on or off, select which information to display or adjust the image format.’
    console, instrument panel, fascia, board
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    1. 1.1 A graphical summary of various pieces of important information, typically used to give an overview of a business.
      ‘an executive dashboard enables a CEO to see bank balances, the top five customers, accounts receivable, and accounts payable’
      • ‘Executives can be alerted to the risks the business is facing by the use of dashboards.’
      • ‘The dashboard transforms complex project data into relevant management information, making clearly visible the effect of design or schedule changes.’
      • ‘Users interact with a real-time dashboard - a customized view that provides accurate and current company information.’
      • ‘"He gave us the dashboard to see what we're doing - not just at the executive level but also on the front lines," notes Main.’
      • ‘Instead of visiting HR's website to learn about a new policy, you'll find it on the dashboard.’
      • ‘The results are displayed as a dashboard for business managers and from this it is possible for technical staff to drill down to identify specific problems in the network.’
      • ‘The CEO checks his dashboard hourly.’
      • ‘An "executive insight dashboard" was added to give a real-time view of the company's operations.’
      • ‘The more specialized dashboards should make it even easier for your business to soar safely.’
      • ‘They also built a dashboard on execs' PCs to help monitor the business.’
      • ‘Like a business that can track all of its units in real-time on a dashboard, the government could aggregate data to spot trends.’
      • ‘Personalized Web-based dashboards let a leader get a snapshot of internal and external information rather than having to sift through masses of material.’
      • ‘He also uses his dashboard to identify and purge slow-moving products that aren't meeting the company's profit target.’
    2. 1.2 A home page on a website giving access to different elements of the site's functionality.
      ‘the main line graph in the dashboard shows daily traffic to our side over the past 30 days’
      • ‘The interface for typing in your entries is a joy to use, featuring a 'dashboard' that lists your blogs and easy access to editing current posts and creating new ones.’
      • ‘It serves as a simple dashboard to give quick stats on each server.’
      • ‘If one area of the dashboard shows that the proxy server is being overloaded, the signal might turn red.’
      • ‘After I clicked the 'Next' button to proceed, the dashboard main window appeared.’
      • ‘The Blogger dashboard this morning has a somewhat 'broken' sidebar!’
      • ‘Unfortunately, unless I'm mistaken, the on / off switch for that has disappeared from Blogger's publishing dashboard.’
      • ‘Stats collection has been temporarily turned off, so you will not see your post count or recent posts updating on your dashboard or profile.’
      • ‘You need to accept the invitation I sent you so that my blog appears on your dashboard!’
      • ‘The dashboard shows alerts and errors at a glance.’
      • ‘The dashboard shows all your email messages, when they were sent, when they were read and how much time elapsed between the two events.’
  • 2historical A board of wood or leather in front of a carriage, to keep out mud.