board

noun
\ ˈbȯrd How to pronounce board (audio) \

Definition of board

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of sawed lumber of little thickness and a length greatly exceeding its width nailed boards over the windows
2a : a surface, frame, or device for posting notices Pin the photo to the board.
b : blackboard wrote the assignment on the board
c : a flat usually rectangular piece of material (such as wood) designed for a special purpose: such as
(1) : surfboard
(2) : skateboard … Tony Hawk has just legitimized the youthful rebellion they'd abandoned along with their boards.— Sean Pamphilon
(3) : springboard sense 1 Do a backflip off the board.
(4) boards plural : skis a new pair of boards
d basketball : backboard sense 1 a rebound off the boards also : a rebound in basketball averaging 7.8 boards per game
3a(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
b : league, association local board of realtors
c : daily meals especially when furnished for pay paid for her room and board
d : a table spread with a meal offered to help clear the board
e : a table at which a council or magistrates sit sat at the council board
f 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
g archaic : table sense 1a
4 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)
5 boards plural, ice hockey : the low wall enclosing a hockey rink
6 computers : message board sense 2 Add a link to the board.
7a : cardboard
b : the stiff foundation piece for the side of a book cover
8 nautical : the side of a ship
9 boards plural, theater : stage sense 2a(2) one of the best actors that ever trod the boards
10 finance : a securities or commodities exchange (see exchange entry 1 sense 5a)
11 obsolete : border, edge
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 1) 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 5)
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 board (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 For an additional fee, your day at the Omni's rooftop pool can include the premium package with four spa towels with essential oil mist, a choice of four craft beers or four house cocktails and a charcuterie board. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 17 July 2021 At the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed farm-to-table bites like mini lobster rolls, zucchini fritters and ricotta toasts and grazed from a charcuterie board and sushi bar. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 16 July 2021 More than 20 students — most from the Naperville area — are part of the group and work with a board made up of mental health experts, who provide assistance and review Beyond Charity presentations, Ramakrishnan said. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, 16 July 2021 In 2020, the Columbus City Council put a referendum on the ballot asking voters if the city should create a civilian review board to oversee police misconduct complaints. cleveland, 16 July 2021 Brown said the city is committed to funding the current oversight system handled by the Independent Police Review office until a full transition is made to a future community board, which could take two or more years. oregonlive, 16 July 2021 Scott, 23, of Charles Village, has spent most of their life on a board. Maria Eberhart, baltimoresun.com, 15 July 2021 MacGillis also wants to form a community advisory board. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2021 Rubin, known for producing albums for everyone from LL Cool J to Johnny Cash, encourages the singer to dissect his or her greatest hits, a task made easier by using a mixing board to isolate tracks. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The decision to own came after his father had told him to board up the structure. Seth Schwartz, WSJ, 7 July 2021 The investigation began after a business owner filed a fraud hotline report after getting an invoice for $891.51 to board up a broken four-by-six-foot window. Anissa Durham, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2021 Video shot as recently as May of this year, shows Royal Marines testing the potential of the Gravity jet suit to enable Britain’s special forces to effortlessly and speedily board their destroyer or frigate from a moving support vessel. Peter Lyon, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Guests then grab their 3-D glasses and board the ride to help take down the mutant spiders alongside Spider-Man. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 3 June 2021 On Tuesday, April 27, the Department of Homeland Security once again delayed the full implementation of the law requiring people to have a Real ID in order to board domestic flights and enter some federal buildings. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2021 The state estimated as many as 960,000 Oregonians would want the federally compliant ID, because people will need one to board a domestic airplane flight or enter federal facilities. oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2021 That means riders won’t be able to board on the right side of the trolleys, where the driver sits and have traditionally collected fares. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Some prepared to stay there, while others were expected to board cruise ships and go to nearby islands that have offered help. Time, 11 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of board

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 11

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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