hard·​board ˈhärd-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce hardboard (audio)
: a very dense fiberboard usually having one smooth face

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Wood paneling is made of plywood or hardboard. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 18 Dec. 2020 The egg tempera on hardboard piece in vivid reds and yellows depicts two women in shawls clutching babies, one of them nursing, as well as a man wearing a wide-brimmed hat and holding a flower pot containing a single red rose, America’s national flower. NBC News, 3 Mar. 2021 Transfer the patterns to 1⁄8-inch hardboard by using either of the methods described. David M. Swartwout, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2022 Cut hardboard, plywood, or MDF pieces with a jigsaw to create decorative arches (use a template to ensure that all archers are the same). Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 26 Apr. 2021 Cut hardboard to fit between the bookshelves and install 14. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 26 Apr. 2021 Another option is pre-finished sheet paneling made from thin plywood or hardboard (Masonite). Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2021 These 30 hardboard panels, each 12 by 16 inches, cover the period from the American Revolution until 1817. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2020 The panels were painted in egg tempera on hardboard. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hardboard was in 1922

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“Hardboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardboard. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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