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I couldn't find anything in Longman dictionary about this word, but I heard it somewhere which by now I don't remember where and when. What does it mean?

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closed as general reference by RegDwigнt Jan 11 '12 at 0:41

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see: There are also other contexts where it is used as a technical term, see: and similar other uses. – Kris Jan 10 '12 at 12:18
And then there's Google Image Search – RegDwigнt Jan 11 '12 at 0:41

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It's a board made of cork or similar material to which notices can be pinned.

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brief and complete, thanks. – Alireza Hos Jan 10 '12 at 12:14
+1 Sounds perfect. – Kris Jan 10 '12 at 12:16
Is it British or American? – Alireza Hos Jan 10 '12 at 12:20
@webdesigner: It’s used in Britain, but the earliest recorded use is in the ‘Washington Post’. There is, incidentally, another meaning. It can also be, I now discover, ‘a panel having an array of identical sockets each connected to some of a set of wires, so that inserting a conducting pin into any of the sockets makes an electrical connection between a specific pair or group of wires’ (OED). – Barrie England Jan 10 '12 at 12:24
@speedyGonzales: I mean that even though it's used in Britain, it first appeared in the United States. No, it doesn't sound like a telephone exchange. – Barrie England Jan 10 '12 at 13:28

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