Meaning of plugboard in English:


Pronunciation /ˈplʌɡbɔːd/


  • A board containing several sockets into which plugs may be inserted to interconnect electric circuits, phone lines, or computer components, by means of short lengths of wire.

    ‘Its operation was controlled by a program that was set up externally by wires on plugboards.’
    • ‘A common approach was to input the program by some physical means, such as wiring a plugboard, and then feeding in the data for the program to act upon.’
    • ‘The Enigma machine looked like a typewriter in a wooden box, with an electric current travelling from the keyboard through a set of rotors and a plugboard to light up the ‘code’ alphabet.’
    • ‘After the smoke cleared, he ran his program on the Codebreaker II and found that it did, in fact, figure out the correct settings, including the plugboard.’
    • ‘In its developed form the Enigma machine had a keyboard, plugboard, three (army, air force) or four rotors, and a lamp table.’