noun \ˈbrd\

: 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

Full Definition of BOARD

obsolete :  border, edge
:  the side of a ship
a :  a piece of sawed lumber of little thickness and a length greatly exceeding its width
b plural :  stage 2a(2)
c plural :  skis
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
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
a :  cardboard
b :  the stiff foundation piece for the side of a book cover
:  a securities or commodities exchange
plural :  the low wooden wall enclosing a hockey rink
:  a sheet of insulating material carrying circuit elements and terminals so that it can be inserted in an electronic apparatus (as a computer)
board·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
across the board
:  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
:  aboard
:  in support of a particular objective <needed to get more senators on board for the bill to pass>

Examples of BOARD

  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 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



: 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

Full Definition of BOARD

transitive verb
archaic :  to come up against or alongside (a ship) usually to attack
a :  to go aboard (as a ship, train, airplane, or bus)
b :  to put aboard <an airliner boarding passengers>
:  to cover or seal off with boards <board up a window> <board up a house>
:  to provide with regular meals and often also lodging usually for compensation
:  to check (a player) into the boards in hockey
intransitive verb
:  to receive meals or lodging; specifically :  to live at a boarding school

Examples of BOARD

  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.

First Known Use of BOARD

15th century


noun \ˈbō(ə)rd, ˈb(ə)rd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BOARD

:  a group of persons having supervisory, managerial, investigatory, or advisory powers <medical licensing boards> <a board of health>
:  an examination given by an examining board—often used in plural <passed his medical boards>


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