Pan"el (?), n. [Orig., a little piece; OF. panel, pannel, F. panneau, dim. of pan skirt, lappet, part or piece of a wall, side. See 2d Pane.]

1. (Arch.)

A sunken compartment with raised margins, molded or otherwise, as in ceilings, wainscotings, etc.

2. (Law)


A piece of parchment or a schedule, containing the names of persons summoned as jurors by the sheriff; hence, more generally, the whole jury. Blackstone.

(b) (Scots Law)

A prisoner arraigned for trial at the bar of a criminal court. Burrill.


Formerly, a piece of cloth serving as a saddle; hence, a soft pad beneath a saddletree to prevent chafing.

4. (Joinery)

A board having its edges inserted in the groove of a surrounding frame; as, the panel of a door.

5. (Masonry)

One of the faces of a hewn stone. Gwilt.

6. (Painting)

A slab or plank of wood upon which, instead of canvas, a picture is painted.

7. (Mining)


A heap of dressed ore.


One of the districts divided by pillars of extra size, into which a mine is laid off in one system of extracting coal.

8. (Dressmaking)

A plain strip or band, as of velvet or plush, placed at intervals lengthwise on the skirt of a dress, for ornament.


A portion of a framed structure between adjacent posts or struts, as in a bridge truss.

Panel game, a method of stealing money in a panel house. --
Panel house, a house of prostitution in which the rooms have secret entrances to facilitate theft by accomplices of the inmates. --
Panel saw, handsaw with fine teeth, -- used for cutting out panels, etc. --
Panel thief, one who robs in a panel house.


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Pan"el (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paneled (?) or Panelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Paneling or Panelling.]

To form in or with panels; as, to panel a wainscot.

Paneled back (Arch.), the paneled work covering the window back. See Window back.


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Pan"el (?), n. (Aëronautics)

A segment of an aëroplane wing. In a biplane the outer panel extends from the wing tip to the next row of posts, and is trussed by oblique stay wires.


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