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

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David Scott Palmer wrote that the insurgency traveled with the blackboard across Peru. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 Angi Evans, Harbor Day’s head of school, said the campus was built when classrooms were configured as rows of desks facing a teacher at a blackboard. Hillary Davis,, "Harbor Day School cleared for total makeover of CdM campus," 22 June 2019 Charles Barkley will also participate, demonstrating his unique swing — the visual equivalent of fingernails raking across a blackboard. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "If it’s July, the Warriors’ Stephen Curry must be switching to his other favorite sport," 19 June 2019 Ralph Harvey, the team’s principal investigator and team leader, offered me several blackboard sessions, which took me to the margins of my ability to comprehend the sometimes esoteric chemistry involved. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 Tables spill out onto the sunny pavement and a blackboard on the wall denotes the specials of the day. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Their teacher standing in front of the room, framed by a blackboard. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos used Shutterstock picture to attack U.S. schools. Teachers aren’t having it.," 8 Mar. 2018 There are jukeboxes and glass ketchup bottles, plus a blackboard with the daily special written in chalk. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Carnegie Deli Returns to New York City, With a Little Help from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 30 Nov. 2018 Chair legs screech against it throughout the evening like fingernails on a blackboard. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of blackboard

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 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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