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 Lue and his staff can stand at the blackboard and run through every option in the book, but the math isn’t going to change. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 26 May 2021 Officials gathered for brainstorms, a process that involved consulting dictionaries and thesauri and scribbling ideas on a blackboard. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 16 May 2021 In seventh grade, her math teacher put riddles on the blackboard, and she’s been hooked on math and logic ever since. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 The blackboard behind her still is full of vivid drawings, but the room is bare and silent. Kamala Thiagarajan, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2021 The report links other incidences of mutilation, rape and cannibalism to the 'Clean the blackboard' operation. Sandrine Amiel And Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, 5 Jan. 2021 Hours later, De León addressed the situation head on, posting an image of Bart Simpson at a blackboard writing out the pledge in its entirety. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2021 Now, the Larder fills the same space with a modern, clean-lined look of white tile, blackboard menus and one temptation after the next. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, 14 Dec. 2020 The blackboard tradition seems to be beloved among math professors. Trisha Gopal, CNN, 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of blackboard

1739, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Blackboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of blackboard

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

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