\ ə-ˈbȯrd \

Definition of aboard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : alongside

2a : on, onto, or within a vehicle (such as a car or ship)

b : in or into a group, association, or organization her second promotion since coming aboard

3 baseball : on base

aboard

preposition

Definition of aboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: on, onto, within go aboard ship aboard a plane

Examples of aboard in a Sentence

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As crews worked to pull the man aboard, cheers and applause erupted at the buffet. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "He posted on Facebook about a man going overboard. Weeks later, he plunged into the sea," 3 July 2018 With Seeger and others aboard, on June 27, 1969, the Clearwater set sail from Maine to New York. Billboard, "Aboard the Clearwater: Five Decades of Environmental Activism Rooted In Music," 13 June 2018 In 1969, the lunar module of Apollo 10, with Thomas P. Stafford and Eugene Cernan aboard, flew to within nine miles of the moon’s surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 21 May 2018 The winner of the 6 ½ furlong down the hill race was longest-shot-on-the board Uh Oh Baby, with Eric’s favorite jockey, Joe Talamo aboard, paid $43.40 to win. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Jon White’s final Preakness rankings," 18 May 2018 There were about 230 civilian passengers aboard, the lawsuit states. Fortune, "Drone Maker Accused of Covering Up Bomb in Bag on Delta Flight," 17 May 2018 With William Knapp aboard, Exterminator pressed the early pace, soon was dueling for the lead and ultimately edging away for a length victory over Escoba, with Viva America (who two weeks later won the Kentucky Oaks) another eight lengths back. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "What Kentucky Derby horse won with the longest odds? Here are the top 10," 4 May 2018 More: Pistons have foundation for instant success, says Ed Stefanski The goal to bring aboard young, promising talent remains. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Who's leading Detroit Pistons front office? Ed Stefanski - for now," 19 June 2018 The Exorcist novelist and screenwriter William Peter Blatty pushed for Friedkin’s hiring, and The French Connection convinced the studio to bring him aboard. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Myths and Realities Behind The Exorcist," 18 Apr. 2018

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Searchers are looking for a seaplane with two people aboard that went out for a 20-minute tour near Sitka on Saturday and never came back, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Searchers looking for seaplane that took off from Sitka Saturday but didn’t return," 10 June 2018 Flight 370 disappeared March 8, 2014, shortly after leaving Kuala Lumpur, with 239 people aboard who believed they were bound for Beijing. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "MH370 experts think they've finally solved the mystery of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight," 14 May 2018 Flight 370 disappeared March 8, 2014, shortly after leaving Kuala Lumpur, with 239 people aboard who believed they were bound for Beijing. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "MH370 experts think they've finally solved the mystery of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight," 14 May 2018 In 2008, drummer Travis Barker of the band Blink-182 was involved in a small plane crash that killed four of the six people aboard. NBC News, "After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again," 21 Apr. 2018 After weeks of speculation and rumors, Cristiano Ronaldo actually ended his brilliant Real Madrid tenure -for real, this time- to embark on a new adventure aboard the ship of seven-time defending Serie A champions Juventus. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo's shock transfer, the World Cup semis and the best of the week in soccer," 12 July 2018 An Israeli couple on a honeymoon cruise aboard a cruise ship that departed from Fort Lauderdale were involved in a zip-line accident that left one dead in Honduras last week, the Miami Herald reports. Chabeli Herrera, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Honeymooner cruising from Lauderdale killed in zipline mishap," 9 July 2018 An Israeli couple on a honeymoon cruise aboard a Royal Caribbean International ship were involved in a zip-line accident that left one dead in Honduras last week. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "They were zip-lining on their honeymoon when they collided. He died, she was injured," 9 July 2018 Passengers were already aboard the ship, readying for its scheduled 10:45 a.m. departure, when the test was conducted, according to the statement. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Steamship Authority cancels another two trips to Vineyard Haven after generator failure," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of aboard

Adverb or adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aboard

Adverb or adjective

Middle English abord, probably in part borrowed from Middle French a bord, a bort "on board," in part from Middle English a- a- entry 1 + bord "board, side of a ship" — more at board entry 1

Preposition

Middle English abord, derivative of abord aboard entry 1

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aboard

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of aboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on, onto, or within a train, a ship, an airplane, etc.

aboard

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of aboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: on or into (a train, ship, etc.)

aboard

adverb
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Kids Definition of aboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on, onto, or within a ship, train, bus, or airplane No one aboard was injured.

aboard

preposition

Kids Definition of aboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: on or into especially for passage Go aboard ship.

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