black·​board | \ˈblak-ˌbȯrd \

Definition of blackboard 

: a hard smooth usually dark surface used especially in a classroom for writing or drawing on with chalk

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Start with a bunch of mezze like hummus, spanakopita, and grape leaves; for entrées, try one of the fresh catches on the blackboard specials. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 Adam Smith, ever the British empiricist, would not have approved of reliance on blackboard theorems. Deirdre Mccloskey, WSJ, "‘Adam Smith: Father of Economics’ Review: Obvious, Simple and Wise," 7 Sep. 2018 Letters, words and patterns are drawn in chalk on a blackboard. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "With Batsheva, Politics Inside and Outside the Joyce Theater," 11 July 2018 Peering through the rectangular window of her fifth grade classroom, Margie Horvick-Visconti expected to find rows of desks facing a blackboard. Avalon R. Zoppo,, "A final goodbye to nearly century-old Pennsauken school slated for demolition," 21 May 2018 The café has a traditional diner feel with an open galley-style kitchen centered around a big griddle, behind a counter with just four stools, and blackboards with menu specials overhead. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Try Oprah's favorite pie in Cape Cod," 22 May 2018 The children can peek through a small window in their cell to see a blackboard, but the windows are scratched up and hard to see through, Neelakanta said. Meryl Kornfield,, "Palm Beach County Jail did not provide education for teens, lawsuit says," 22 June 2018 This is where Google executives send their children to learn how to knit, write with chalk on blackboards, practice new words by playing catch with a beanbag and fractions by cutting up quesadillas and apples. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency," 4 June 2018 Often called the best slate in the world, Peach Bottom slate was used to make blackboards, roof tiles and gravestones. Christina Tkacik,, "William H. Fisher, Korean War veteran who went on to work in finance, dies," 25 June 2018

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1739, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blackboard

: a smooth, dark surface that is used for writing on with chalk in a classroom


black·​board | \ˈblak-ˌbȯrd \

Kids Definition of blackboard

: a hard smooth dark surface used for writing or drawing on with chalk

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