switchboard definition, meaning - what is switchboard in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “switchboard”

See all translations

switchboard

noun [C] uk   /ˈswɪtʃ.bɔːd/  us   /-bɔːrd/
a piece of equipment that is used to direct all the phone calls made to and from a particular building or area: Tearful fans jammed the radio station's switchboard after the singer's death (= so many people called that all the phones were busy).
Translations of “switchboard”
in Korean 배전반, 교환대…
in Arabic مَركَز خُطوط الهاتِف…
in Portuguese mesa telefônica…
in Catalan centraleta…
in Japanese (電話の)交換台…
in Italian centralino…
in Chinese (Traditional) 電話總機,電話交換台…
in Russian коммутатор…
in Turkish telefon santralı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 电话总机,电话交换台…
in Polish centrala…
(Definition of switchboard from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of switchboard?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “switchboard”

Definitions of “switchboard” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

May I sit here? Asking for and giving permission.

by Liz Walter,
June 03, 2015
We often find ourselves in situations where we need to ask for permission or to reply to people who ask us for permission. Here are some words and phrases to help you do this in a natural way. The simplest way to ask for permission is with the modal verb can: Can

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More