1. A panel under the windshield of a vehicle, containing indicator dials, compartments, and sometimes control instruments.
2. A panel at the front of a horse-drawn vehicle that projects up to protect the riders from mud, water, or snow kicked up by the horse or horses.
3. A user interface on a computer display that presents constantly updated information, such as processing speed, in a format that resembles the dashboard of a vehicle.
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