If you are participating in some kind of contest, it is not ethical to bribe the judges on the panel with brownies. On the other hand, don’t stick your tongue out at them either, since they’ll be determining the winner.

Panel is derived from Old French and originally meant “a piece of cloth.” It’s still used as a sewing term, but now it has additional meanings. It can mean “jury,” as above, and can also refer to a flat piece of a hard surface, often rectangular, such as the wood panel of a door or wall. Panel is also a verb meaning "to install panels." Finally, a control panel has a lot of switches and is a way to make some machines work.

Definitions of panel
  1. noun
    sheet that forms a distinct (usually flat and rectangular) section or component of something
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    caisson, coffer, lacuna
    an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome
    a vertical board or panel forming the foot of a bedstead
    a vertical board or panel forming the head of a bedstead
    pane, paneling, panelling
    a panel or section of panels in a wall or door
    wainscot, wainscoting, wainscotting
    wooden panels that can be used to line the walls of a room
    dado, wainscot
    panel forming the lower part of an interior wall when it is finished differently from the rest of the wall
    a transparent panel (as of an envelope) inserted in an otherwise opaque material
    wall panel
    paneling that forms part of a wall
    type of:
    flat solid, sheet
    a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
  2. noun
    a piece of cloth that is generally triangular or tapering; used in making garments or umbrellas or sails
    synonyms: gore
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    piece of cloth, piece of material
    a separate part consisting of fabric
  3. noun
    (computer science) a small temporary window in a graphical user interface that appears in order to request information from the user; after the information has been provided the user dismisses the box with `okay' or `cancel'
    synonyms: dialog box
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    (computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen
  4. verb
    decorate with panels
    panel the walls with wood”
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  5. noun
    a group of people gathered for a special purpose as to plan or discuss an issue or judge a contest etc
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    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
  6. noun
    (law) a group of people summoned for jury service (from whom a jury will be chosen)
    synonyms: venire
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    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
  7. noun
    a committee appointed to judge a competition
    synonyms: jury
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    commission, committee
    a special group delegated to consider some matter
  8. verb
    select from a list
    synonyms: empanel, impanel
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    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  9. noun
    a soft pad placed under a saddle
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    a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
  10. noun
    electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices
    synonyms: board, control board, control panel, instrument panel
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    dashboard, fascia
    instrument panel on an automobile or airplane containing dials and controls
    type of:
    electrical device
    a device that produces or is powered by electricity
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