\ 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 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 There were 174 adult passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew on board. Anchorage Daily News, "Survivors of deadly India crash say plane swayed violently," 8 Aug. 2020 That vote probably would be cast by a Dykes subordinate serving as her ex-officio designee on the board. Jon Lender,, "Jon Lender: What is up with the Lamont administration and freedom of information?," 8 Aug. 2020 Since 2015, when Yemen’s conflict intensified, the FSO Safer oil tanker has been stranded in the Red Sea, rusting away with roughly 1.1 million barrels of oil on board. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "After Beirut, an abandoned Yemeni oil tanker is renewing fears of another disastrous explosion," 8 Aug. 2020 There were 174 adult passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew on board. Subramoney Iyer, Fox News, "India flight's deadly runway skid likely due to low visibility, wet runway: expert," 8 Aug. 2020 The flight from Dubai had 190 people on board at the time, according to Air India Express. Manveena Suri, CNN, "4 children identified among Air India Express plane crash casualties," 8 Aug. 2020 On Friday’s FanDuel Hurry Up show, Jim Sannes gives Gregg Sussman some of his favorite plays on the board, adding up to six options for DFS players in total. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs manager David Ross vows to keep his team focused following this weekend’s postponed Cardinals series: ‘This season is really a year of who can adjust to adversity and change’," 8 Aug. 2020 Come out today, jumping on the board early like that, a lot of good energy in the dugout. John Fay, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds break out on offensive, Bauer dominant in 8-3 win over Milwaukee Brewers," 8 Aug. 2020 An Air India Express flight with 190 people on board skidded off a runway, leaving more than a dozen people dead. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Air India Express flight skids off runway, leaving at least 14 people dead," 8 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The traveling party will need documentation of a successful COVID-19 test to board the plane, and will be tested again when the plane lands. oregonlive, "Pete Julian’s world-class training group will spend August in Europe: Oregon track & field rundown," 2 Aug. 2020 People were able to take buses and trains across the country and even board the Eurostar. Christine Spolar, National Geographic, "A surge in coronavirus cases jolts France after a quiet summer," 29 July 2020 The footage, released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, shows Rivera and the 4-year-old boy park near Lake Piru, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, walk to the docks and board a pontoon Wednesday afternoon. NBC News, "Video shows 'Glee' actress Naya Rivera and son boarding boat she vanished from," 10 July 2020 On Thursday, after weeks of uncertainty, Hasheem was finally able to board a commercial Turkish Airlines flight and use his Israeli documents fly to Tel Aviv, an hour’s drive from East Jerusalem. Washington Post, "The pandemic stranded Palestinians abroad. Politics kept them there.," 1 July 2020 As with the Grand Princess, the suit alleges the cruise line let new passengers board the Ruby Princess on March 8 in Sydney before the crew could adequately sanitize the vessel. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "New lawsuits claim Princess Cruises knew of coronavirus exposure before ships went to sea," 9 June 2020 Fortunately for Egins, Brad Andress, the Rockies’ strength coach at the time, had yet to board the plane and was near where the bags were being loaded. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Paul Egins, the big-hearted “cornerstone of the franchise,” keeps the Rockies running," 23 Feb. 2020 Additionally, riders should board buses only from the back door, and stand or sit no closer than six feet behind the driver. Houston Chronicle, "METRO bus operators, light rail operators test positive for COVID-19," 10 July 2020 Song Guo Zheng, 57, was arrested on May 22 at an airport in Anchorage, Alaska while preparing to board a charter flight to China, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release. Fox News, "Professor charged over scheme to use $4M in US grant money to conduct research for China," 10 July 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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11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Board.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 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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