on·​board | \ ˈȯn-ˈbȯrd How to pronounce onboard (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The plane crashed just after takeoff with two people onboard. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "No injuries in Nunivak Island plane crash," 9 Sep. 2019 Under circumstances never fully resolved, the plane crashed in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, killing him and everyone onboard. New York Times, "At Mao’s Beach, China’s Leaders Still Make History as Lifeguards Hide From the Sun," 22 Aug. 2019 All 10 people onboard, including two pilots, survived without any injuries, according to local authorities, NBC reported. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "No Injuries Reported AfterJet Erupts in Flames During Takeoff at California Airport," 22 Aug. 2019 Those payments are based on which model of iPhone (and how much onboard storage) customers choose. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Is Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program Worth It?," 10 Sep. 2019 Its onboard instruments were not designed to handle the extremely low temperatures of the subsequent 14 days of total darkness. Wired, "India Is Ready to Touch Down Near the Moon’s South Pole," 5 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, authorities opened a family assistance center where counseling was being provided to relatives of those onboard. Stefanie Dazio, The Denver Post, "25 die in California boat fire, searchers look for 9 still missing," 3 Sep. 2019 The Halcyon, like any good cruise, will offer onboard activities to keep guests entertained. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "What We Know About the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel at Disney World," 26 Aug. 2019 All the flotation devices were still onboard, but there weren’t any towels or extra clothing. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "2 friends still missing after empty boat found off Mercer Island with phones, IDs onboard," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of onboard

1958, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2019

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The first known use of onboard was in 1958

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English Language Learners Definition of onboard

: carried or happening on a vehicle

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not being in agreement or harmony

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