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

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
3a : 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
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 board entry 1 sense 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 board entry 1 sense 8)

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

In Europe, major fashion players have gotten on board. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Europe, the Model Age Debate Rages On," 12 Apr. 2019 Besides her work on the board, McGaha has volunteered at the organization's main fundraiser, Thrift Studio. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Nonprofit Helps Designers Change People's Lives," 3 Apr. 2019 McClain, who last week became the 13th female spacewalker, has been on board since December. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Spacewalking astronauts install better station batteries," 3 Apr. 2019 However, following creative differences between Moore and the filmmakers, director Marielle Heller came on board, and McCarthy and Grant were cast. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Richard E. Grant's Oscar Nomination Is Long Overdue," 24 Feb. 2019 Labor unions got on board too, sensing an opportunity to expand the safety net for workers without needing to pass another massive piece of social reform so soon after the New Deal. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Is employer-sponsored insurance really a good deal for workers?," 7 Feb. 2019 My spring mood board now consists of one look and one look only: Lizzo at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Lizzo Paired Drugstore Lashes With Neon Green Makeup at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards," 29 Mar. 2019 The White House is preparing to ask the Senate to confirm the current members of Puerto Rico’s oversight board, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that would disappoint critics of the U.S. territory’s financial supervisors. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Oversight Board Members Win White House Support," 28 Mar. 2019 Long-term resolutions the students requested include hiring more faculty of color, student representation on the school’s board of trustees, and the implementation of a mandatory black studies course. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "How Students of Color Matter are Protesting Racism at Ethical Culture Fieldston School," 14 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Caal Maquin was at the base for seven hours before boarding the bus. Dara Lind, Vox, "The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in Border Patrol custody isn’t an isolated outrage," 18 Dec. 2018 The afternoon provided the first real test of the new configuration as thousands of passengers boarded buses leaving downtown at the new stops. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Bus riders, drivers adapt as hundreds more buses hit downtown Seattle streets," 25 Mar. 2019 The British monarch was spotted at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk, boarding a train back to the city. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Officially Returns from Her Winter Holiday," 11 Feb. 2019 Among the 800,000 federal employees deprived of a paycheck during the government's partial shutdown, aviation workers have warned that their lack of compensation imperils the safety of anyone boarding a U.S. commercial flight. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Flight Attendants Union President: Government Shutdown Is 'Disaster' for Aviation Safety," 24 Jan. 2019 The pieces then pivot to arguing that SpaceX's load-and-go fueling process—in which the crew will board the Dragon spacecraft on top of the Falcon 9 rocket before it is fueled—ignores the lessons that Hagar's generation learned during Apollo. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A shadowy op-ed campaign is now smearing SpaceX in space cities," 4 Oct. 2018 Only the top half of the plane was visible in a photo obtained by RNZ Pacific, and small boats boarded with people were scattered around it. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Passenger jet crashes into water in Micronesia: report," 27 Sep. 2018 Students who boarded at the school was around $45,000. Rachel Dissell, cleveland.com, "Montessori High School at University Circle slated to close," 10 May 2018 Take your mom on a train ride by boarding an authentic 1920s Victoria-style coach in Grapevine. Clare Miers, star-telegram, "Break out of your normal Mother's Day routine with these different experiences | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 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 1

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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