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

Given permission by manager A.J. Hinch to arrive later than usual at the ballpark after landing at 4:30 p.m. Friday from Los Angeles, the Astros needed but two innings to get on the board against Rangers lefthander Mike Minor (8-5). David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Astros topple Rangers to kick off homestand," 20 July 2019 The community corrections board said that there are often competing needs within a county. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "Deadly Delays in Jail Construction Cost Lives and Dollars Across California," 20 July 2019 In the most recent development, Vernon's planning board on Tuesday voted unanimously to uphold its application rejection. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "Woodstock 50: How the golden anniversary festival went off track," 20 July 2019 The words attached to the image — unsightly, broken, typical — seem almost to be part of the picture, like the crumpled bed-sheets or the boards covering the broken windows of the shack. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 The column should have said that the inspector general can be fired with a two-thirds vote of the BART board and the approval of the governor. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Correction: Will BART let new auditor it didn’t want do her job?," 19 July 2019 The board approved a resumption of LLTV flights in mid-June 1969. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio engineer’s ‘Flying Bedstead’ helped put man on the moon," 19 July 2019 That’s why Morris reached out to local community leaders, including Petty, who now leads the ADRC’s African American advisory board. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Excluding minorities from Alzheimer’s research is wrong—and it’s keeping us from finding a cure," 19 July 2019 Specifically, a couple of high-profile board members would have to be out of the picture. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "The 'pizza guy' is out. David Grissom is no longer chairman. Could Rick Pitino return now?," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In May, according to Phoenix police, Burda began to sometimes board at Day and Caswell’s home. oregonlive.com, "A Mouseketeer mystery: Dennis Day’s extraordinary life and heartbreaking death," 6 July 2019 The house has been vacant for years, and has sat boarded up just next door to Wadeview Park and Boone High School. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Goliath vs. Goliath’: How a sliver of land and a fence has pit Bags Inc. founder vs. Deutsche Bank," 28 June 2019 When Musleh gave his ticket to board the bus, FBI agents arrested him. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Brownsburg man who tried to join Islamic State group is sentenced to federal prison," 21 June 2019 Last week, the man with ample money and curiosity to fly anywhere on the globe chose to board a plane to San Diego, not to sightsee but instead to recruit. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "In summer of discontent, Pop finds reason to return," 23 June 2018 Greyhound has the right to demand a warrant from Border Patrol officers to board its buses, the ACLU says. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Bus Driver Tells Passengers They Must Be US Citizens in Order to Board," 19 June 2018 Passengers will board at the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve’s Blackhawk Station platform. Annie Alleman, Elgin Courier-News, "Fox River Trolley Museum debuts Hobo Night program," 30 May 2018 And only 17 percent of travelers around the world are willing to board a plane without a pilot. Jeremy Straub, Smithsonian, "Would You Trust Drone Software to Pilot Your Flight?," 20 Apr. 2018 But the property is large enough that guests attending a wedding won’t cross paths with customers lining up to board the Pedal Tavern, for instance. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boone & Crockett's new (and bigger) home in Harbor District is near," 13 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'board.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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