board

noun
\ ˈbȯrd \

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 \ 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

But the company suffered a major setback in August when its board fired CEO and co-founder Tim Kentley-Klay. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 Back in March of 2017, the bronze was installed directly across from Arturo Di Modica's Charging Bull statue by State Street Global Advisors in a campaign to encourage companies to add more women to their boards. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The 'Fearless Girl' Statue Now Has a Permanent Home Outside the New York Stock Exchange," 10 Dec. 2018 That's the dream—and not one that has to solely exist on your Pinterest board. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Chic Closet Is Filled With Hidden Storage Tricks," 29 Nov. 2018 Young people are also breaking ground in these spaces, like 18-year-old Gabrielle Anzalone and 19-year-old Elijah Manley, who ran for positions on their local board of education and school board, respectively. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "6 Things to Do to Stay Political Now That Midterms Are Over," 8 Nov. 2018 In any case, that Facebook buyout is looking less and less cozy these days—though Nate Mitchell, John Carmack, and Michael Abrash are still on-board for the time being. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Alan Wake is back on sale after a 17 month absence, Layers of Fear 2 announced," 26 Oct. 2018 This season is a lot of me and Jax being happy and our friends slowly getting on board with that. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Everybody Loves Brittany," 20 Dec. 2018 Even the Whole Grains Council is on board with a hybrid definition. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Corn a Grain, Vegetable, or Fruit? The Answer Is D, All of the Above," 7 Dec. 2018 More than 20 global operators and 20 global hardware makers are on board with 5G, Malladi said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dexter made headlines in January when United Airlines employees barred the bird from boarding a flight at Newark Liberty International Airport. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Dexter, the emotional support peacock United Airlines wouldn't let fly, dies unexpectedly," 15 Aug. 2018 In the hours since, others have noted that the train did stop at other stations and did not block riders from boarding certain cars. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "DC Metro criticized for how it handled white nationalists during Unite the Right," 12 Aug. 2018 The funding request includes the following amounts toward the program: removal of junk, trash and graffiti, $15,000; cutting weed and grass, $15,000; boarding up buildings, $20,000 and demolition, $200,000. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora to get more funding to fight blight," 11 June 2018 On Saturday, Hall was prevented from boarding a US plane, the latest twist in a dispute that has raised anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, a security ally that is increasingly at odds with the United States on major issues. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Pakistan blocks departure of US diplomat accused in car accident," 13 May 2018 More recently, another ex-leader, Alejandro Toledo, was believed to have fled to the U.S. and was then stopped from boarding a flight to Israel, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Peru, in February 2017. Bloomberg.com, "Peru Ex-President Stopped From Leaving Country Amid Scandal," 24 Mar. 2018 Delta said travelers on medium or long-haul domestic flights already stand a good chance of boarding a plane with expanded bin space. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Airlines’ Boarding Changes Reward Higher-Paying Travelers," 21 Dec. 2018 While boarding time allotments vary, all flights must close their door 10 minutes before departure. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why airlines make you check your carry-on bags," 20 Dec. 2018 Nine scientists board a ship, the titular Nightflyer, and speed off to conduct their observations. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Nightflyers’ showrunner explains why George R.R. Martin’s massive worlds are ideal for TV," 2 Dec. 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 \

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 \

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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