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

Though this one's only available in two tints — fair/light and medium/dark – it's been tested across a wide range of skin tones, and rubs in totally transparent across the board. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The One Thing You Need For Radiant, Makeup-Free Skin This Summer," 7 June 2019 Across the board, fans are witnessing wild new achievements. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "How the Octo-Champs of the 2019 National Spelling Bee Have Changed the Game," 7 June 2019 The person didn’t want to be identified because Renault’s board was still meeting to discuss the proposal. Washington Post, "Fiat Chrysler says French politics ended Renault merger," 6 June 2019 Stevens is also on USC’s board of trustees and is a major donor to the university. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Warriors minority owner who shoved Kyle Lowry fined $500,000, banned for season," 6 June 2019 The 81-year-old billionaire is taking a role leading the company, serving as a deeply involved chairman of the board. Carolyne Corelis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local billionaire Ernest Rady backs San Diego tech startup Assurance," 6 June 2019 Swimsuits were nixed to help Miss America refashion its image into a more modern and empowered mode, said Gretchen Carlson, the new chairwoman of the pageant’s board of directors. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al.com, "Miss Alabama 2019: Swimsuits are out, interviews are in for 47 women in state competition," 4 June 2019 Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney, elected officials on the city’s Board of Supervisors, will officially introduce their plan during Tuesday’s board meeting. Jared Weber, USA TODAY, "San Francisco proposes nation’s first universal mental health care system," 4 June 2019 The transit agency’s board approved plans in March to lease the property to the companies for nearly 90 years, including extensions. Jacob Adelman, https://www.inquirer.com, "New biomed office-and-lab building proposed for SEPTA-owned land near 30th Street Station," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Border Patrol views its ability to board trains, buses and other transport dozens of miles from the border as crucial in its fight against smuggling and terrorism. NBC News, "Border Patrol searches have increased on Greyhound, other buses far from border," 5 June 2019 People boarding an Air Greenland jet bound for Copenhagen at Kangerlussuaq airport, the only air strip in Greenland that can accommodate large jet aircraft. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "How the Pentagon Countered China’s Designs on Greenland," 10 Feb. 2019 In addition to ridding flights of nuts and giving at-risk passengers the option to board early, airlines can be doing even more to keep their customers safe. Zoe Weiner, SELF, "American Airlines Will Let Passengers With Nut Allergies Board First," 9 Nov. 2018 GettyGetty Images Earlier this week, The Sun spotted Jessica and daughter Ivy at the airport, boarding a plane to London. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's BFF Jessica Mulroney Has Reportedly Arrived in London to Visit Archie Harrison," 24 May 2019 Soon after, British tabloids the Daily Mail and the Sun published pictures of Mulroney and her daughter boarding a plane to London. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Friend Jessica Mulroney Reportedly Flew to England. Will She Meet Baby Archie?," 22 May 2019 After boarding from the lounge, things only got better. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like To Fly Business Class With Emirates," 21 May 2019 Jean-Luc Picard and his crew, which had solidified Trek's glorious return to television with The Next Generation, boards the Enterprise at the episode's conclusion and disembarks for some new adventure—but the audience is left behind. Popular Mechanics, "Star Trek: DS9 Finally Gets the Documentary It Deserves," 10 Apr. 2019 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

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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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