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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



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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Burr, who drew three walks and scored three runs, was aboard for Mentzer’s next hit. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "HdG girls win District 5 Major Softball title," 29 June 2018 But since the assistant coaches came aboard at various points in June, the returning players and the new coaches still are getting to know each other. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic converge on Las Vegas for 1st time in 13 years," 2 July 2018 The last time the city conducted a search for a superintendent, John McDonough served as an interim leader for nearly two years before Chang came aboard. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Nonprofit chief is poised to be interim BPS superintendent," 28 June 2018 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

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Compact and handheld Joe Sarnecki, 69, will be aboard the Advantage, a Beneteau First 39. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How 5 Port Huron-to-Mackinac racers feed sailboat crews," 13 July 2018 The tug’s captain said when the migrants aboard realized the tug was headed south to put them in the hands of Libyan authorities, some rebelled. Washington Post, "Rescued migrants questioned in Sicily about alleged threats," 13 July 2018 The rededication ceremony took place aboard the USS John S. McCain at an American base in Japan. Ken Moritsugu, BostonGlobe.com, "US Navy dedicates Japan-based destroyer to McCain," 13 July 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board provided new details Thursday on the fatal accident aboard Southwest Flight 1380 on April 17. CBS News, "Southwest captain initially wanted to land crippled plane at different airport," 4 May 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board released new details of the fatal accident aboard Southwest Flight 1380 in an investigation update released Thursday. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "NTSB releases photos of Southwest Airlines plane, fragments involved in fatal accident," 4 May 2018 But following the disaster aboard Southwest Flight 1380 that killed a person and injured several, and concerns that the airline needs to do more faster to inspect its fleet of Boeing 737 jets, this is another troubling sign for the airline. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Emergency Exit Window Cracks," 2 May 2018 After Tuesday’s shocking engine failure aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which killed one person and injured at least seven more, I was jarred to the core. Sidra Monreal, Condé Nast Traveler, "After Southwest Airlines Flight 1380: A Flight Attendant Reminds You to Listen to the Safety Briefing," 18 Apr. 2018 The hotel can organize tours of the other islands aboard a Hatteras yacht. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of aboard

Adverb or adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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


Middle English abord, derivative of abord aboard entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of aboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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


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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.



Kids Definition of aboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: on or into especially for passage Go aboard ship.

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