console

Perhaps you avoid babysitting your baby brother because you're worried that if he starts to cry, you won’t be able to console him or make him feel better. Or maybe you just hate changing diapers.

You usually try to console someone by providing encouragement and offering solace. Others try to console themselves with tubs of ice cream. From the Latin word consolari, meaning “to comfort,” the noun console can also describe a central control panel. In an automobile, the controls for both the radio and air-conditioning are in the same center console.

Primary Meanings of console

1.
v
give moral or emotional strength to
2.
n
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.
n
housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
4.
n
a small table fixed to a wall or designed to stand against a wall
5.
n
an ornamental scroll-shaped bracket (especially one used to support a wall fixture)
Full Definitions of console
1

v give moral or emotional strength to

Synonyms:
comfort, solace, soothe
Types:
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calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
make calm or still
allay, ease, relieve, still
lessen the intensity of or calm
lull
calm by deception
compose
calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
appease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
assure, reassure
cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
abreact
discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
2

n 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)

Type of:
scientific instrument
an instrument used by scientists
3

n housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television

Synonyms:
cabinet
Type of:
housing
a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
4

n a small table fixed to a wall or designed to stand against a wall

Synonyms:
console table
Type of:
table
a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
5

n an ornamental scroll-shaped bracket (especially one used to support a wall fixture)

“the bust of Napoleon stood on a console
Type of:
bracket, wall bracket
a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)

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