Pronunciation: (dash'bôrd", -bōrd"), [key]
1. (in an automobile or similar vehicle) a panel beneath the front window having various gauges and accessories for the use of the driver; instrument panel.
2. a board or panel at the front of an open carriage or the like to protect the occupants from mud or dirt cast up by the hoofs of the animals drawing the vehicle.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.