console

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a unit which allows an operator to communicate with a computer system consisting of an input device such as a keyboard and an output device such as a printer or screen

Cars & Driving

  • noun a small fascia and/or storage space between the front seats in a car, which may serve as a support for additional instruments

Construction

  • A control station with switches and gauges to govern the operation of mechanical, electrical, or electromechanical equipment.
  • An ornamental bracket-like member used to support a cornice.

Economics

  • A bond with no maturity date, which instead pays a fixed amount per year forever. Its simplicity makes it a convenient example in textbooks, where it appears much more frequently than in the real world.

Electronics

  • A control panel for electronic equipment, such as that at a TV station or radar station. Also known as control desk.
  • A terminal utilized to control a computer and monitor its status. Also called master console, 3. Same as computer terminal (1).
  • A display screen which presents the output of a computer.
  • A cabinet, that houses a device such as a radio or TV, which is designed to stand on the floor.
  • synonymcontrol desk

Media Studies

  • noun a desk, table, display, or keyboard onto which the controls of an electronic system or some other machine are fixed

Origin & History of “console”

Console means literally ‘offer solace’. It comes from Latin consōlārī, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix com- and sōlārī ‘comfort’ (source of the Latin noun sōlātium, from which English gets solace (13th c.)). English acquired it either directly, or via French consoler. The Latin agent noun derived from consōlārī was consōlātor ‘comforter’, which passed into French as consolateur. This came to be used as an architectural term for a carved human figure supporting a cornice, shelf, etc, and was eventually shortened to console; this was borrowed into English in the 18th century.
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