running board


: a footboard especially at the side of an automobile

Illustration of running board

Illustration of running board
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Examples of running board in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Standard full-time four-wheel drive, a locking rear differential, power-deploying running boards, a sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, the aforementioned 14-inch central touchscreen, and a head-up display give it a premium look and feel. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Paul Landis is the agent on the rear right running board turning around to look over his right shoulder. Peter Baker,, 9 Sep. 2023 Because the first lady accompanied her husband to Dallas that fall day in 1963, Mr. Landis, then 28, was part of the motorcade, riding the rear of the right running board on the black Cadillac convertible, code named Halfback, just feet behind the presidential limousine. Peter Baker, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2023 The Platinum Black also includes standard power-deploying running boards with a gloss black finish, reflective black lightning badges, and a soft-shell black tonneau cover to hide a Batcycle under. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 24 Aug. 2023 Power-retractable running boards are also standard on the Grand Wagoneer. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 1 July 2023 The High Country will get adaptive cruise control as standard, as well as an optional Midnight Edition that adds powered running boards finished in black. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 30 Mar. 2023 The bill would ban Floridians from holding dogs in their lap while driving, or transporting their dogs via the car’s running board, fender, hood, roof, or trunk. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 25 Feb. 2023 To ingress, step upon the motorized running board deployed for your convenience, or else take a flying leap into the driver’s seat. Dan Neil, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of running board was in 1858

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“Running board.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

running board

: a narrow step at the side of an automobile
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