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board

noun \ ˈbȯrd \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of board

1 obsolete : border, edge
2 nautical : the side of a ship
3 a : 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 2a(2)
  • one of the best actors that ever trod the boards
c boards plural : skis
  • a new pair of boards
4 a archaic : table 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 1dummy 2a) hand in bridge
5 a : a flat usually rectangular piece of material (such as wood) designed for a special purpose: such as
(1) : springboard 1
  • Do a backflip off the board.
(2) : surfboard
b basketball : backboard 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
6 a : cardboard
b : the stiff foundation piece for the side of a book cover
7 finance : a securities or commodities exchange (see 1exchange 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 2
  • Add a link to the board.

boardlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
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

Examples of board in a Sentence

  1. They nailed some boards over the broken window.

  2. They covered the board in fabric and pinned some photographs to it.

  3. the board that is used to play games like chess and checkers

  4. I saw a notice on the board calling for volunteers.

  5. Write the answers on the board.

  6. She is on the town's planning board.

  7. The parole board has decided that the prisoner is not yet ready for release.

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Origin and Etymology of board

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

verb

Definition of board

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

Examples of board in a Sentence

  1. You must have a ticket in order to board the train.

  2. The pirates tried to board the ship, but we fought them off.

  3. We're supposed to board at 10:15.

  4. We're now boarding all passengers.

  5. The flight is about to begin boarding.

  6. Passengers should remain in the boarding area.

  7. The caretaker boarded the window.

  8. They board guests during the summer season.

  9. Many students board at the college.

Recent Examples of board from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of board

see 1board


BOARD Defined for English Language Learners

board

noun

Definition of board for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of board for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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board

noun \ ˈbȯrd \

Definition of board for Students

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

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board

verb

Definition of board for Students

boarded; boarding
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.

Medical Dictionary

board

noun \ ˈbō(ə)rd, ˈbȯ(ə)rd \

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

Law Dictionary

board

noun, often capitalized

legal Definition of board

1 a : 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
2 a : 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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