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6 definitions found
 for console
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Console \Con*sole"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Consoled; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Consoling.] [L. consolari,. p. p. consolatus; con- +
     solari to console, comfort: cf. F. consoler. See Solace.]
     To cheer in distress or depression; to alleviate the grief
     and raise the spirits of; to relieve; to comfort; to soothe.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           And empty heads console with empty sound. --Pope.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           I am much consoled by the reflection that the religion
           of Christ has been attacked in vain by all the wits and
           philosophers, and its triumph has been complete. --P.
                                                    Henry.
  
     Syn: To comfort; solace; soothe; cheer; sustain; encourage;
          support. See Comfort.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Console \Con"sole\, n. [F.]
     1. (Arch.)
        (a) A bracket whose projection is not more than half its
            height.
        (b) Any small bracket; also, a console table.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Computers) The keyboard and monitor of a computer
        considered together.
        [GG]
  
     3. (Engineering) The controlling portion of an electrical,
        electronic, or mechanical device or system, from which the
        operator may observe the state of the system as indicated
        by gauges or on some form of display[n3], and may direct
        or control the action of the system.
        [GG +PJC]
  
     4. the desklike controlling unit of an organ containing the
        keyboard, pedals, stops, etc. by means of which the organ
        is played.
        [PJC]
  
     5. a home entertainment device such as a television, radio,
        phonograph, CD player, or combination of these, designed
        as a piece of furniture, to stand on the floor rather than
        on a table or in a separate cabinet; -- also used
        attributively in the phrase console model.
        [PJC]
  
     Console table, a table whose top is supported by two or
        more consoles instead of legs.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  console
      n 1: a small table fixed to a wall or designed to stand against
           a wall [syn: console table, console]
      2: a scientific instrument consisting of displays and an input
         device that an operator can use to monitor and control a
         system (especially a computer system)
      3: an ornamental scroll-shaped bracket (especially one used to
         support a wall fixture); "the bust of Napoleon stood on a
         console"
      4: housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
         [syn: cabinet, console]
      v 1: give moral or emotional strength to [syn: comfort,
           soothe, console, solace]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "console":
     animate, assuage, assure, bear up, buck up, cabinet, calm, chassis,
     cheer, cheer up, choir, claviature, comfort, commiserate,
     condole with, control desk, control panel, ease, echo,
     eighty-eight, encourage, express sympathy for, feel with,
     fingerboard, give comfort, graphic panel, great, grieve for,
     grieve with, hearten, housing, inspirit, ivories, jack field,
     keyboard, keys, manual, master control desk, mixer, organ manual,
     panelboard, pedals, piano keys, put at ease, radio, radio receiver,
     radio set, radio telescope, reassure, receiver, receiving set,
     relieve, set, set at ease, solace, solo, soothe, sorrow with,
     speak soothing words, swell, sympathize with, tranquilize, upraise,
     weep for, weep with, wireless, wireless set
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  console
   n.
  
      1. The operator's station of a mainframe. In times past, this was a
      privileged location that conveyed godlike powers to anyone with fingers on
      its keys. Under Unix and other modern timesharing OSes, such privileges are
      guarded by passwords instead, and the console is just the tty the system
      was booted from. Some of the mystique remains, however, and it is
      traditional for sysadmins to post urgent messages to all users from the
      console (on Unix, /dev/console).
  
      2. On microcomputer Unix boxes, the main screen and keyboard (as opposed to
      character-only terminals talking to a serial port). Typically only the
      console can do real graphics or run X.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  console
  
     1.  The operator's station
     of a mainframe as opposed to an ordinary user's terminal.  In
     times past, the console was a privileged location that conveyed
     godlike powers to anyone with fingers on its keys.  Under Unix
     and other modern time-sharing operating systems, such
     privileges are guarded by passwords instead, and the console is
     just the tty the system was booted from.  On Unix the device is
     called /dev/console.
  
     On a microcomputer Unix box, the console is the main screen
     and keyboard.  Other, character-only, terminals may be connected
     to serial ports.  Typically only the console can do real
     graphics or run X.  See also CTY.
  
     2.  A self-contained microcomputer optimised for gaming,
     with powerful graphical output designed to be displayed on a
     television; equipped with one or more joystick controllers for
     input and an optical drive to load software.  Later generations
     also feature Internet connection via wireless or wired
     Ethernet for downloading games and multiplayer networked play.
     Typically such devices have no keyboard so text must be input
     using the controller to operate an on-screen keyboard, e.g. to
     enter player names.
  
     The most successful recent examples are the Sony Playstation and
     Microsoft Xbox families.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2014-07-01)
  

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