switchboard operator

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n switchboard operator someone who helps callers get the person they are calling
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Usage

In literature:

There were no operators, switchboards, or exchanges.
"The History of the Telephone" by Herbert N. Casson
The operator on the switchboard of the hostelry replied.
"The Voice on the Wire" by Eustace Hale Ball
The operators sit before the switchboard in high swivel chairs in a long row, with their backs to the centre of the room.
"Stories of Inventors" by Russell Doubleday
Beside the operator's plug there are a number of pairs of plugs shown hanging from the switchboard cabinet.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1" by Kempster Miller
Afterward Pietro, who took his turn at the switchboard when the day operator departed, spoke of the quiet curtness of his voice.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
There sits an operator, controlling an electric switchboard provided with one button for each floor member.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
They turned out to be telephone operators at central switchboards.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
In the ranch house living room Peterson had set up headquarters and an Army field telephone switchboard was in operation across the room.
"Make Mine Homogenized" by Rick Raphael
Telephone employment: Operating, supervising, private switchboard operating.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
And then one morning at about eleven o'clock he was summoned to the telephone by the switchboard operator.
"Stubble" by George Looms
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In news:

She was a retired hospital switchboard operator in Macon and co-owner of Busy Point Café.
She later returned to work as a switchboard operator.
Yet those who operate Switchboard of Miami Inc are still little known to many county residents after 45 years of existence.
Back in 1947, when the company started up, she and other women operated the switchboard in a back room in an owner's home, connecting people in Collinston, Jones and Bonita to each other.
He started as a teenage switchboard operator at a small station in South Bend, Ind.
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