board

noun
\ ˈbȯrd How to pronounce board (audio) \

Definition of board

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : border, edge
2 nautical : the side of a ship
3a : a piece of sawed lumber of little thickness and a length greatly exceeding its width nailed boards over the windows
b boards plural, theater : stage sense 2a(2) one of the best actors that ever trod the boards
c boards plural : skis a new pair of boards
4a archaic : table sense 1a
b : a table spread with a meal offered to help clear the board
c : daily meals especially when furnished for pay paid for her room and board
d : a table at which a council or magistrates sit sat at the council board
e(1) : a group of persons having managerial, supervisory, investigatory, or advisory powers She is on the bank's board of directors. board of examiners a board member
(2) : an examination given by an examining board often used in plural pass the medical boards
f : league, association local board of realtors

g card games

(1) : the exposed hands of all the players in a stud poker game
(2) : an exposed dummy (see dummy entry 1 sense 2a) hand in bridge
5a : a flat usually rectangular piece of material (such as wood) designed for a special purpose: such as
(1) : springboard sense 1 Do a backflip off the board.
(2) : surfboard
(3) : skateboard … Tony Hawk has just legitimized the youthful rebellion they'd abandoned along with their boards.— Sean Pamphilon
b basketball : backboard sense 1 a rebound off the boards also : a rebound in basketball averaging 7.8 boards per game
c : a surface, frame, or device for posting notices Pin the photo to the board.
d : blackboard wrote the assignment on the board
6a : cardboard
b : the stiff foundation piece for the side of a book cover
7 finance : a securities or commodities exchange (see exchange entry 1 sense 5a)
8 boards plural, ice hockey : the low wooden wall enclosing a hockey rink
9 electronics : a sheet of insulating material carrying circuit elements and terminals so that it can be inserted in an electronic apparatus (such as a computer)
10 computers : message board sense 2 Add a link to the board.
across the board
: so as to include or affect all classes or categories cut spending across the board also : in all areas or respects considered an average player across the board
on board
1 : aboard
2 : in support of a particular objective needed to get more senators on board for the bill to pass

board

verb
boarded; boarding; boards

Definition of board (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to go aboard (something, such as a ship, train, airplane, or bus) boarded a bus to Chicago
b : to put aboard an airliner boarding passengers
2 : to cover or seal off with a long, thin, and often narrow piece of sawed lumber : to cover or seal off with boards (see board entry 1 sense 3a) usually used with up board up a windowboard up a house
3 : to provide with regular meals and often also lodging usually for compensation supplemented her income by boarding college students
4 ice hockey : to check (a player) into the low wooden wall enclosing a hockey rink : to check (a player) into the boards (see board entry 1 sense 8)
5 archaic : to come up against or alongside (a ship) usually to attack
6 archaic : accost, address boarded me with some light remark— W. A. White

intransitive verb

1 : to receive meals or lodging bachelors who board at the inn specifically : to live at a boarding school
2 informal : to ride a skateboard, snowboard, etc. At 12, Danny joined his 16-year-old brother … on the slopes, boarding every day after school.— Scott DeSimon
3a : to get into or onto a means of transportation (such as an airplane, bus, ship, etc.) A bit late, we hurried to the gate just in time to board.— Ellen Creager
b : to put or allow passengers into or onto such a means of transportation … before my plane boarded I wandered into a duty-free shop to pick up a few last-minute presents.— Ted Mooney

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Other Words from board

Noun

boardlike \ ˈbȯrd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce boardlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of board in a Sentence

Noun

They nailed some boards over the broken window. They covered the board in fabric and pinned some photographs to it. the board that is used to play games like chess and checkers I saw a notice on the board calling for volunteers. Write the answers on the board. She is on the town's planning board. The parole board has decided that the prisoner is not yet ready for release.

Verb

You must have a ticket in order to board the train. The pirates tried to board the ship, but we fought them off. We're supposed to board at 10:15. We're now boarding all passengers. The flight is about to begin boarding. Passengers should remain in the boarding area. The caretaker boarded the window. They board guests during the summer season. Many students board at the college.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Faced with a massive deficit, the symphony’s board of directors raided the endowment and demanded hefty pay cuts. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Why is it so hard to keep an orchestra afloat? The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is not alone in its woes.," 2 Aug. 2019 In a resolution, the authority’s board gave conceptual support for the development and a new station. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "What we know about Isle Casino’s massive expansion — including a new Tri-Rail station," 1 Aug. 2019 SAHA’s board on Thursday also approved two other public-private partnerships — including another downtown project — in which the developer would offer some apartments to lower income renters in exchange for tax exemptions. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "SAHA partnering with Dallas developer on 24-story tower downtown," 1 Aug. 2019 The authority’s board of directors will vote on the plan in September. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "A not-so-high-speed train in the Central Valley could be a boon for the Bay Area," 1 Aug. 2019 Although no franchise was awarded at Wednesday’s board of governors meeting, and no schedule for those awards was announced, Garber’s characterization of the league’s conversations with St. Louis was the most optimistic. Brian Straus, SI.com, "MLS in Advanced Expansion Discussions With St. Louis, Other Markets," 31 July 2019 According to a senior Meyer official, who was not permitted to speak on the record, the nonprofit’s board has committed $20 million to start a real estate investment trust with development firm Gerding Edlen. oregonlive.com, "Political ties may yield taxpayer boost for private housing developers in Portland," 30 July 2019 The contrast is especially striking because John Boehner, former U.S. House speaker and a longtime opponent of legalizing cannabis, serves on Acreage’s board of advisors. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Pot Luck," 30 July 2019 As part of the 100-year celebration of the NFL, the Hall of Fame’s board of trustees will vote on a proposal that could increase the 2020 class to 20, 12 more than the usual, and include 10 senior candidates. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "New Hall of Fame hope for a trio of waiting Vikings greats?," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Schroeder later went back into the screening line and boarded the plane. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Allegedly drunk Delta pilot taken off California-bound flight," 31 July 2019 Schroeder later went back into the screening line and boarded the plane. Christina Maxouris And Marlena Baldacci, CNN, "A Delta pilot was removed from a fully boarded plane and arrested on suspicion of being intoxicated," 31 July 2019 In 2014, as the controversy reverberated in South Bend, Buttigieg legally transferred his powers as mayor to Mark Neal, the city controller, and boarded a plane for Afghanistan. Author: Steve Hendrix, Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "How Pete Buttigieg went from war protester to ‘packing my bags for Afghanistan’," 29 July 2019 Upon boarding the plane, the security team noticed that all of the flight attendants were male. NBC News, "U.S. citizens and other Westerners caught up in Saudi Arabia's fierce crackdown on dissenters," 29 July 2019 But in a positive sign for Boeing, that indicates most travelers will eventually consider boarding the plane if the manufacturer and the airlines succeed in restoring traveler confidence, Harteveldt said. Mary Schlangenstein, latimes.com, "Many fliers say they will avoid Boeing’s 737 Max even if it’s cleared to fly," 4 June 2019 To start: Organize your belongings with packing cubes, and never board a plane without your own in-flight snacks. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Karlie Kloss's Packing Tips and In-Flight Beauty Routine," 18 Dec. 2018 Today, the expecting Duchess of Sussex stepped out to visit Melbourne in a navy ensemble while boarding the plane, with blue pumps, a trench coat, and a Gucci bag. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Chic Navy Dion Lee Dress and Gucci Bag in Melbourne During Royal Tour," 17 Oct. 2018 Randall Saito left the state hospital outside Honolulu in November and took a taxi to a chartered plane that took him to the island of Maui and then boarded another plane to San Jose, California, where he was captured. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Fox News, "Ruling keeps Hawaii man hospitalized in '06 triple murder," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of board

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 5

History and Etymology for board

Noun and Verb

Middle English bord piece of sawed lumber, border, ship's side, from Old English; akin to Old High German bort ship's side

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board

noun

English Language Learners Definition of board

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, thin, flat piece of wood
: a flat piece of material (such as wood or cardboard) that is used for a special purpose
: a large, smooth surface for writing on

board

verb

English Language Learners Definition of board (Entry 2 of 2)

: to get into or onto (an airplane, a bus, a train, etc.)
: to put or allow (someone) into or onto an airplane, a bus, a train, etc.
: to cover or close (something) with pieces of wood

board

noun
\ ˈbȯrd How to pronounce board (audio) \

Kids Definition of board

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sawed piece of lumber that is much broader and longer than it is thick
2 : a usually rectangular piece of rigid material used for some special purpose a diving board a game board
4 : a number of persons having authority to manage or direct something the school board
5 : meals given at set times for a price He paid $20 a week for room and board.
6 boards plural : the low wooden wall enclosing a hockey rink
7 : a sheet of insulating material carrying electronic parts (as for a computer)
on board

board

verb
boarded; boarding

Kids Definition of board (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to go aboard We boarded the plane in New York.
2 : to cover with boards The windows were boarded up.
3 : to give or get meals and a place to live for a price The students board at the college. They board guests in the summer.

board

noun
\ ˈbō(ə)rd, ˈbȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce board (audio) \

Medical Definition of board

1 : a group of persons having supervisory, managerial, investigatory, or advisory powers medical licensing boards a board of health
2 : an examination given by an examining board often used in plural passed his medical boards

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board

noun, often capitalized

Legal Definition of board

1a : a group of individuals having managerial, supervisory, investigatory, or advisory powers over a public or private business, trust, or other organization or institution Board of Regents Board of Bar Overseers
2a : a group of citizens elected to administer the business of or an aspect of the business of a political unit (as a town or county) a board of selectmen
b : a federal, state, or local government agency — see also National Labor Relations Board
3 : a securities or commodities exchange — see also board of trade

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