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"switchboard" in British English

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switchboardnoun [C]

uk   /ˈswɪtʃ.bɔːd/  us   /-bɔːrd/
a ​piece of ​equipment, used ​especially in the past, for ​directing all the ​phonecalls made to and from a ​particularbuilding 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). Ask the switchboard operator for the ​extensionnumber you ​require.
(Definition of switchboard from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"switchboard" in American English

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switchboardnoun [C]

 us   /ˈswɪtʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a ​piece of ​equipment that is used to ​direct all the ​telephonecalls esp. in an ​office or ​hotel
(Definition of switchboard from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"switchboard" in Business English

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switchboardnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈswɪtʃbɔːd/
COMMUNICATIONS, WORKPLACE a ​piece of ​equipment used to ​directtelephonecalls to the ​rightdepartment 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.
(Definition of switchboard from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “switchboard”
in Arabic مَركَز خُطوط الهاتِف…
in Korean 배전반, 교환대…
in Portuguese mesa telefônica…
in Catalan centraleta…
in Japanese (電話の)交換台…
in Chinese (Simplified) 电话总机,电话交换台…
in Turkish telefon santralı…
in Russian коммутатор…
in Chinese (Traditional) 電話總機,電話交換台…
in Italian centralino…
in Polish centrala…
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