on·​board | \ ˈȯn-ˈbȯrd, ˈän-\

Definition of onboard

: carried within or occurring aboard a vehicle (such as a satellite or an automobile) an onboard computer onboard recorders

Examples of onboard in a Sentence

The car comes with an onboard computer.

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When the American Heritage sank in 1995 off the California coast, the Coast Guard was able to save everyone onboard. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Old Shipwreck Transformed Into a Gorgeous Reef," 27 Dec. 2018 Even cruise enthusiasts recognize how limiting the onboard activities are. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 Eventually, the lander will ignite onboard thrusters, which will lower the vehicle to the ground. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch NASA engineers track the harrowing landing of a spacecraft on Mars today," 26 Nov. 2018 Passengers will hear onboard announcements this week. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Buses will pause Friday to remember Metro Transit driver fatally shot in 1998 on Aurora Bridge," 21 Nov. 2018 The first was earlier this year when accounts of airline passengers and their onboard therapy animals were grabbing headlines momentarily. Eric Scott, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Office sleep pods are here, but is dozing off at work really a thing?," 11 July 2018 The onboard audio is punctuated by Jack-Jack’s infectious giggles. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 All this onboard civility is probably not an accident. Michael Ian Black, New York Times, "Cruises Are So Uncool They Are Cool," 3 July 2018 Despite his son and daughter-in-law's decision, Matt ultimately decided to stay onboard for the next season. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff Hints He Considered Leaving 'Little People, Big World' in New Instagram," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of onboard

1958, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of onboard

: carried or happening on a vehicle

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