black·​board | \ ˈblak-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce blackboard (audio) \

Definition of blackboard

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

Examples of blackboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chalk artists and neighbors have turned his sidewalk into a blackboard, covering it with colorful messages about racial justice. NBC News, "Filipino American confronted for BLM message sheds light on form of genteel racism, experts say," 14 June 2020 Bit by bit, a chalk menagerie of minute ocean creatures fills the blackboard. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 2020 The Palm Beach Post Two words, simply scrawled on a blackboard in the corner of a locker room. Hal Habib, USA TODAY, "Tribute: Don Shula, winningest coach in NFL history, led Miami Dolphins to league's only unbeaten season," 4 May 2020 An image of the blackboard was shared by students on social media platforms, circulating among the student body. NBC News, "Some students say colleges not doing enough to combat coronavirus-fueled racism," 18 Feb. 2020 Or would the blackboard experiment merely prove that players can advance only as far as their talent carries them? Henry Schulman,, "Giants Splash: Old-school baseball rides again as SF nostalgia rules airwaves," 8 Apr. 2020 Teams can be set to record the entire lesson, meaning that my smiling face, along with the blackboard, are captured together. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Real learning in a virtual classroom is difficult," 28 Mar. 2020 A week ago, several restaurant owners could see the writing on the blackboard and started transitioning their operations to boost their takeout and delivery options. Mike Sutter,, "Layoffs, closures and all takeout all the time as San Antonio restaurants, bars face the new reality of coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 San Jac uses the blackboard program, a course-management system that supports all courses at the school. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "San Jac preps to launch 4-year nursing degree program in fall," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of blackboard

1739, in the meaning defined above

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“Blackboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce blackboard (audio) \

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

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