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(Electronics) a device with a large number of sockets into which electrical plugs can be inserted to form many different temporary circuits: used in telephone exchanges, computer systems, etc. Also called: plugboard
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|Noun||1.||patchboard - telephone central where circuits are completed with patchcords|
central, telephone exchange, exchange - a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
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