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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Here men gathered on the street to drink, pitch pennies, socialize and look at blackboards advertising work. Gary Kamiya,, "SF ‘hobohemia’ transformed into Skid Row as jobs and city changed," 10 Aug. 2019 The Warriors won the game in overtime, which led to James punching a blackboard inside the visitor’s locker room, breaking his hand. Chris Fedor,, "JR Smith’s legacy with Cleveland Cavaliers is…complicated: Chris Fedor," 16 July 2019 Their researches led them not just to the blackboard and the calculator, but into the past. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 The fairgrounds issue is circled on a big blackboard in Hamilton County Board of Commissioner's President Denise Driehaus' office. Scott Wartman,, "A 'dire' situation, inscrutable finances, plummeting attendance: Is this the end for the Hamilton County Fair?," 14 July 2019 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

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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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