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 pluralpass 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 wooden wall enclosing a hockey rink
6 computers : message board sense 2 Add a link to the board.
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 upboard 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 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 Dudley Square Main Streets, the nonprofit that helps neighborhood businesses, is discussing what the new name means for the organization, said Haris Hardaway, president of the board of directors. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Residents contemplate the future of Nubian Square," 18 Jan. 2020 Mervenne, who is white, noted that most members of the board are also white. Justin George, Washington Post, "A delayed vote on Silver Line funding could push back its opening, Metro board member says," 17 Jan. 2020 These statistics and more were shared during the latest work meeting of the CFISD board of trustees on Jan. 13, held at the Instructional Support Center. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair ISD annual report displays college attendance, STAAR scores," 17 Jan. 2020 With spirits and the divine on board, goop finally has the missing ingredients to cement lifestyle as the new religion with Paltrow as high priestess. Jennifer Gunter, STAT, "Goop’s pseudoscience ministry comes to Netflix," 17 Jan. 2020 Abolitionists like Frederick Douglass got on board, too. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Prohibition Was America’s First War on Drugs," 17 Jan. 2020 The charter lays out City Council’s authority to appoint members of the ethics board. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Proposal for San Antonio’s independent ethics czar, ethics code changes makes headway," 16 Jan. 2020 Patterson served as the organization’s first vice president last season and has been a member of the AFCA board of trustees since 2010. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Texas’ Tom Herman promotes Andre Coleman to wide receivers coach, names Jay Valai cornerbacks coach," 14 Jan. 2020 These include things like approving members of the company board or changing the way the company does business. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Major investment firm to prioritize sustainability, back off coal," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Only government is powerful enough to ensure overall emissions fall, no matter how much CEOs talk about stakeholders over champagne in Davos before boarding their private jets home. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "In Stakeholder Capitalism, Shareholders Are Still King," 19 Jan. 2020 Then there are the lengthy interactions when Trump speaks to journalists on the south lawn before boarding Marine One or the impromptu press conferences held during White House meetings. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Stephanie Grisham: No need for White House briefings when I speak to nearly 100 reporters a day," 16 Jan. 2020 But Tocchet wasn't in the head space to discuss that on Wednesday, minutes before boarding a charter plane to Vancouver. Richard Morin, azcentral, "'It's unprecedented': Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet reacts to Gerard Gallant firing," 15 Jan. 2020 Cookies and hot chocolate will be served at the Lake House from 6 to 6:25 p.m. Families can walk around the park and enjoy the light display (weather permitting) before boarding the buses for the tour. cleveland, "CRS appoints Ohradzansky as executive director: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 23 Nov. 2019 The key to keeping your skin in good condition while flying is to prepare before boarding. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "How to Take Care of Skin Before, During, And After Flying On An Airplane," 18 Nov. 2019 Morales appeared to have slept under the blanket before boarding a government plane sent by Mexico. Fox News, "Bolivia ex-leader claims to have spent night after resigning lying on floor under blanket, before seeking asylum," 13 Nov. 2019 Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Trump will release a second Ukraine call “transcript.” That, too, could backfire," 9 Nov. 2019 The player then briefly then returned to France, before boarding a small aircraft to link up properly with his new team. SI.com, "FIFA Threaten Cardiff With Huge Transfer Ban if They Fail to Pay Nantes for Emiliano Sala," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of board was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Board.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boarded. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for board

board

noun
How to pronounce board (audio)

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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