\ 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 Which seems a little far-fetched after a night where the Beavers shot season lows across the board. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s 69-47 loss to motivated No. 16 Colorado was ‘a woodshed job’ says Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle," 15 Feb. 2020 Its vote almost doubled to 24 percent on promises of mass house-building by the state, a rent freeze and across-the-board increases in public spending. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 13, 2020," 13 Feb. 2020 This morning, the Asian and European markets across the board are down, as are the U.S. futures. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "‘Surpassing all previous outbreaks’—markets dip as the coronavirus toll worsens," 13 Feb. 2020 Instead, this surge in relative ownership may boil down to positive reviews for hardware and software across the board. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Steam: Virtual reality’s biggest-ever jump in users happened last month," 12 Feb. 2020 All across the board, banks are rolling out new tricks to get people to rethink their strategies toward saving. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How banks are motivating customers to save up for big purchases," 12 Feb. 2020 As a malcontent, Saul tends toward a policy of not so much getting mad about anything in particular as of getting even across the board. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The In-Your-Face Paintings of Peter Saul," 10 Feb. 2020 Push-button start is now included across the board, and all Frontiers now come with a tilt steering wheel, power window, and power locks—remember, this truck has been on sale since 2005 without a major redesign. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2020 Nissan Frontier Gets a New Engine in the Same Old Truck," 6 Feb. 2020 Across the board, meanwhile, traditional energy executives have been loathe to invest more than token amounts into carbon-free energy, preferring to spend big on new unconventional drilling and exploration. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Fossil Fuels Aren’t Even a Very Good Investment," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After disembarking from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 14 of the passengers were found to be infected with the novel coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19, prior to boarding the charter planes at Tokyo International Airport on Monday. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, "14 Americans evacuated from cruise ship in Japan test positive for novel coronavirus," 17 Feb. 2020 The operation, which ended when police quelled the two-month act of civil disobedience, removed the women and boarded up the home. Sarah Ravani,, "Moms 4 Housing: D.A. won’t file criminal charges," 14 Feb. 2020 With rapid, subway-like service in the center lane, Muni estimates that 464,000 riders who board buses on Market Street every day will save lots of time. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Car-free Market Street," 24 Jan. 2020 Even the office building that used to house the American Enterprise Institute and the Standard on the corner of Seventeenth and M Streets in Washington has been torn down, leaving an empty, boarded-up site whose symbolism speaks for itself. Jacob Heilbrunn, The New Republic, "The Neocons Strike Back," 23 Jan. 2020 BB Riverboats offers a Thanksgiving buffet, sightseeing cruises at two time slots, from 1-3 p.m. and 5:30.7:30 p.m. Guests can board up to one hour prior to departure. Charles Infosino,, "Here's what's open on Thanksgiving for the whole family," 25 Nov. 2019 Yusaku Maezawa, 44, a fashion mogul, is due become the first private citizen to board a SpaceX mission to the moon in 2023. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Billionaire spurns 27,722 women vying to win his heart in space," 30 Jan. 2020 At the bus shelter outside, a group of passengers wait to board one of the 90 electric buses (e-buses) that the depot services. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Can electric buses solve India’s transit crisis? This city may hold the answer," 29 Jan. 2020 That morning, Arvin Morattab and his wife Aida Farzaneh were also waiting to board Flight 752. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Before Doomed Flight From Tehran, Anxiety and a Final Kiss," 24 Jan. 2020

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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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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Board.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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