\ 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


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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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 According to Pruss, Giuliani asked him to call Pruss' close friend, the owner of Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company that formerly had Hunter Biden on its board. NBC News, "What does Giuliani's longtime fixer know about Rudy's work in Ukraine?," 22 Nov. 2019 Alden Global, the hedge fund whose firm MNG Enterprises tried to buy Gannett Co. earlier this year, is acquiring Ferro’s 25% stake in the Chicago Tribune owner and is in discussions with the company to add two people to its board. Washington Post, "A Hedge Fund Comes for Another Newsroom," 22 Nov. 2019 The suit also names Maricopa County and the Maricopa County Special Health Care District and its board for failing to take proper steps to protect the public from Bagley, who recently had been released from a prison in Tucson. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Phoenix approves $2 million settlement for family of man killed by intruder in his home," 21 Nov. 2019 Burisma is a Ukrainian energy company that employed Hunter Biden on its board. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Fiona Hill Testifies ‘Fictions’ on Ukraine Pushed by Trump Help Russia," 21 Nov. 2019 The kits provide an easy assembly process, so you’ll be shocked and proud at the looks of your professional-grade cheese board. Morgan Raum,, "The Best New Holiday Foods to Snack on This Season," 20 Nov. 2019 Venkatasubramanian, who previously consulted with HireVue and served on its expert advisory board but is no longer connected with the company, wasn’t able to comment on Pymetrics’ tests specifically. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "People are terrible judges of talent. Can algorithms do better?," 19 Nov. 2019 As your civilization grows, new buildings are gradually added to your personal board, transforming it from swampland to city. Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "Tapestry: Has the mythical “2-hour civ-building board game” arrived?," 16 Nov. 2019 Then Stefanik emerged as the committee’s most effective anti-impeachment messenger in questioning U.S. diplomat George Kent about corruption at Burisma, the gas company that paid Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on its board. John Mccormack, National Review, "Elise Stefanik Stood Out on Day One of the Impeachment Hearings," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One of the dogs was a therapy dog being boarded at Theresa Taylor’s business. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Investigators say Ohio dog groomer struck, strangled animals in her care," 22 Nov. 2019 Only about 12 rows had been boarded at the time of the incident, and the seat the bag was sitting on did not ignite, Langford said. Artemis Moshtaghian And Eric Levenson, CNN, "Bomb squad responds to backpack putting out smoke on Southwest plane at Chicago airport," 18 Nov. 2019 In July, the train featured 30-minute excursions boarding at Forest Park for Noblesville's Fourth of July celebration, which was the first time since 2015 that a train had made a stop at the park in Noblesville, train officials said. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Nickel Plate Express' holiday ride coming to Forest Park in Noblesville," 10 Nov. 2019 Guests will board the ship at 7 and set sail from 8 to 10:30. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Everything you need to know about the Selena-themed dinner cruise leaving from Kemah this month," 7 Nov. 2019 Passengers will board buses that drive them to planes on the tarmac. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Flying Spirit Airlines? It moves to Sky Harbor Airport's Terminal 3 on Oct. 29," 25 Oct. 2019 Barbara Walters: The resigning chief executive will board a helicopter for Andrews Air Force Base. NBC News, "Transcript: Article II Trailer," 18 Oct. 2019 Travelers will board a shuttle or walk to a parking lot next to Terminal 1 to catch a ride. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Uber says LAX’s new pickup system could cause long waits and traffic jams," 14 Oct. 2019 Students who usually walk to school will board shuttle buses at West Tualatin View that depart at 7:35 a.m. Officials say elementary school staff be on hand to supervise 10 minutes prior. oregonlive, "Roof leaks wrought by summer deluge force 350 Beaverton elementary students to relocate for 6 weeks," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of board


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 11


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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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Board.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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



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


\ 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


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.


\ 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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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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