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noun \ˈbȯrd\

Simple Definition of board

  • : a long, thin, flat piece of wood

  • : a flat piece of material (such as wood or cardboard) that is used for a special purpose

  • : a large, smooth surface for writing on

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of board

  1. 1 obsolete :  border, edge

  2. 2 :  the side of a ship

  3. 3 a :  a piece of sawed lumber of little thickness and a length greatly exceeding its width b plural :  stage 2a(2) c plural :  skis

  4. 4 a archaic :  table 3a b :  a table spread with a meal c :  daily meals especially when furnished for pay d :  a table at which a council or magistrates sit e (1) :  a group of persons having managerial, supervisory, investigatory, or advisory powers <board of directors> <board of examiners> (2) :  an examination given by an examining board —often used in plural <pass the medical boards> f :  league, association g (1) :  the exposed hands of all the players in a stud poker game (2) :  an exposed dummy hand in bridge

  5. 5 a :  a flat usually rectangular piece of material (as wood) designed for a special purpose: as (1) :  springboard 1 (2) :  surfboard b :  backboard 1; also :  a rebound in basketball c :  a surface, frame, or device for posting notices d :  blackboard e :  switchboard

  6. 6 a :  cardboard b :  the stiff foundation piece for the side of a book cover

  7. 7 :  a securities or commodities exchange

  8. 8 plural :  the low wooden wall enclosing a hockey rink

  9. 9 :  a sheet of insulating material carrying circuit elements and terminals so that it can be inserted in an electronic apparatus (as a computer)

  10. 10 :  bulletin board 2


play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

across the board

  1. :  so as to include or affect all classes or categories <cut spending across the board>; also :  in all areas or respects <considered an average player across the board>

on board

  1. 1 :  aboard

  2. 2 :  in support of a particular objective <needed to get more senators on board for the bill to pass>

Examples of board in a sentence

  1. They nailed some boards over the broken window.

  2. They covered the board in fabric and pinned some photographs to it.

  3. the board that is used to play games like chess and checkers

  4. I saw a notice on the board calling for volunteers.

  5. Write the answers on the board.

  6. She is on the town's planning board.

  7. The parole board has decided that the prisoner is not yet ready for release.

Origin and Etymology of board

Middle English bord piece of sawed lumber, border, ship's side, from Old English; akin to Old High German bort ship's side

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of board

  • : to get into or onto (an airplane, a bus, a train, etc.)

  • : to put or allow (someone) into or onto an airplane, a bus, a train, etc.

  • : to cover or close (something) with pieces of wood

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of board

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to come up against or alongside (a ship) usually to attack

  3. 2 :  accost, address

  4. 3 a :  to go aboard (as a ship, train, airplane, or bus) b :  to put aboard <an airliner boarding passengers>

  5. 4 :  to cover or seal off with boards <board up a window> <board up a house>

  6. 5 :  to provide with regular meals and often also lodging usually for compensation

  7. 6 :  to check (a player) into the boards in hockey

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  to receive meals or lodging; specifically :  to live at a boarding school

Examples of board in a sentence

  1. You must have a ticket in order to board the train.

  2. The pirates tried to board the ship, but we fought them off.

  3. We're supposed to board at 10:15.

  4. We're now boarding all passengers.

  5. The flight is about to begin boarding.

  6. Passengers should remain in the boarding area.

  7. The caretaker boarded the window.

  8. They board guests during the summer season.

  9. Many students board at the college.

15th Century

First Known Use of board

15th century

BOARD Defined for Kids



noun \ˈbȯrd\

Definition of board for Students

  1. 1 :  a sawed piece of lumber that is much broader and longer than it is thick

  2. 2 :  a usually rectangular piece of rigid material used for some special purpose <a diving board> <a game board>

  3. 3 :  blackboard

  4. 4 :  a number of persons having authority to manage or direct something <the school board>

  5. 5 :  meals given at set times for a price <He paid $20 a week for room and board.>

  6. 6 boards plural :  the low wooden wall enclosing a hockey rink

  7. 7 :  a sheet of insulating material carrying electronic parts (as for a computer)

on board

  1. :  1aboard




Definition of board for Students



  1. 1 :  to go aboard <We boarded the plane in New York.>

  2. 2 :  to cover with boards <The windows were boarded up.>

  3. 3 :  to give or get meals and a place to live for a price <The students board at the college.> <They board guests in the summer.>

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈbō(ə)rd, ˈbȯ(ə)rd\

Medical Definition of board

  1. 1:  a group of persons having supervisory, managerial, investigatory, or advisory powers <medical licensing boards> <a board of health>

  2. 2:  an examination given by an examining board—often used in plural <passed his medical boards>

Law Dictionary


noun , often cap

Legal Definition of board

  1. 1a :  a group of individuals having managerial, supervisory, investigatory, or advisory powers over a public or private business, trust, or other organization or institution <Board of Regents> <Board of Bar Overseers> b :  board of directors

  2. 2a :  a group of citizens elected to administer the business of or an aspect of the business of a political unit (as a town or county) <a board of selectmen> b :  a federal, state, or local government agency — see also National Labor Relations Board

  3. 3 :  a securities or commodities exchange — see also board of trade

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