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con·sole1 / kənˈsōl/ • v. [tr.] comfort (someone) at a time of grief or disappointment. DERIVATIVES: con·sol·a·ble adj. con·sol·er n. con·sol·ing·ly adv. con·sole2 / ˈkänˌsōl/ • n. 1. a panel or unit accommodating a set of controls for electronic or mechanical equipment. ∎  a cabinet for television or radio equipment. ∎  the cabinet or enclosure containing the keyboards, stops, pedals, etc., of an organ. ∎  a monitor and keyboard in a multiuser computer system. 2. an ornamented bracket with scrolls or corbel supporting a cornice, shelf, or tabletop. 3. a support between the seats of an automobile that has indentations for holding small items.

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console. Type of Classical bracket or corbel with parallel sides, usually an ogee curve terminating in a volute at the top and bottom surmounted by a horizontal slab, often moulded, fixed upright to a wall with the greater projection at the top. Called ancon, crossette, parotis, shoulder, or truss, it is commonly found e.g. on each side of the top of a door-or window-architrave, supporting the cornice. In a horizontal position, the curved part downwards and the bigger scroll at the end fixed to a wall, it appears to carry an element, e.g. a balcony, and thus suggests a cantilevered form. Horizontal consoles fixed to the soffits of a building's crowning cornice and appearing to support it are called modillions. Wedge-shaped (sides not parallel) consoles or key-stones are called ancones.

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console The workstation from which the operation of a computer system can be monitored and controlled. In current systems the console is usually a desk-height surface supporting a keyboard and one or more VDUs and reference documents. There may also be a number of other switches and indicators mounted on a panel. In early systems the control unit at the console was often a teleprinter. As systems became larger and more sophisticated the consoles first became more complex and then much simpler as the development of operating systems advanced. Some recent medium-sized systems do not have a console.

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console 2 (archit.) kind of bracket XVIII; ensemble of keyboards and stops in an organ XIX. — F., obscure deriv. of consolider CONSOLIDATE.

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console. All that part of the machinery of an org. which is in front of and on each side of the player and by which he operates, i.e. the manuals, pedal board, mus. stand, stop handles, swell pedals, composition pedals, pistons, and levers, etc.