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Definition of aboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective The plane was redirected to Riyadh, and one of the three recalled that armed security forces came aboard and physically removed bin Turki from the plane. NBC News, "U.S. citizens and other Westerners caught up in Saudi Arabia's fierce crackdown on dissenters," 29 July 2019 That hit brought in Garcia, aboard on a leadoff walk, and Nick Martini, who had doubled. Bernie Wilson, The Denver Post, "Rockies beat Padres to snap nine-game losing streak," 6 Sep. 2019 Westbrooks’ spot was in jeopardy the moment Liuget was brought aboard. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Who’s in, who’s out: Analyzing Raiders initial 53-man roster," 31 Aug. 2019 Huntington Beach anticipates bringing a new fire chief aboard by late November or early December. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "A month after retiring, Dave Segura is back at the helm of the H.B. Fire Department as interim chief," 20 Aug. 2019 Several crew members from the Open Arms charity boat dove and swam to stop the migrants and bring them back aboard. Washington Post, "The Latest: Slovakia police detain 30 migrants," 18 Aug. 2019 Since the fish was now dead, Robertson brought the carcass aboard and let the fisherman from Michigan take some less risky photos with his catch. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Huge fish bitten in half by shark moments after angler got out of the water," 11 July 2019 Two pilots and three passengers were aboard, the FAA said. Jason Hanna, David Close And Steve Almasy, CNN, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets a break from the broadcast booth after surviving a plane crash," 16 Aug. 2019 The couple’s children, Earvin Jr (aka EJ) and Elisa, were aboard to celebrate with their dad, as well as Magic’s eldest son Andre. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Cookie Johnson Threw Husband Magic Johnson A 60th Birthday Celebration He'll Never Forget," 15 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition No injuries from the Orange school bus crash early Friday in Winter Park required trips to the hospital, and all 46 children aboard the bus later made it to their elementary school, Orange County Fire Rescue reported. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "Injuries minor after Orange school bus crash early Friday, kids at school, authorities say," 8 Nov. 2019 Three racers aboard the two boats were examined at the Lower Keys Medical Center and later released without serious injuries, officials said. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Boats flip during Key West powerboat racing event," 7 Nov. 2019 Their run offense has been a non-entity despite bringing aboard an offensive coordinator who oversaw some of the NFL’s best rushing attacks earlier this decade. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' 2019 season (so far) has been defined by these 5 plays," 7 Nov. 2019 Experts aboard the research vessel RV Petrel announced the discovery Friday. Fox News, "Wreck of Japanese aircraft carrier sunk in Battle of Midway discovered 77 years later," 19 Oct. 2019 Authorities ultimately found 12 Mexican citizens aboard the sailing vessel, determining two of them were smuggling the others. San Diego Union-Tribune, "$3.1 million of marijuana found abandoned in boat near Point Loma," 8 Oct. 2019 Among the victims of the deadly Labor Day fire that killed 33 people aboard the dive boat Conception were at least two people with ties to Hollywood, leaving their friends and former co-workers reeling from the loss. Scott Johnson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Mourns Colleagues Lost in California Boat Fire," 6 Sep. 2019 There was about 39 people aboard the vessel, including six crew members, the AP reported. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man identifies sister as victim in boat fire off Santa Barbara," 3 Sep. 2019 The San Juan Bautista was no exception, as sickness took hold aboard the vessel. National Geographic, "400 years ago, enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of aboard was in the 14th century

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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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