white·​board | \ ˈhwīt-ˌbȯrd, ˈwīt-\

Definition of whiteboard

: a hard smooth white surface used for writing or drawing on with markers

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This ends happily, but earlier today, Gatwick Airport had to use a whiteboard and a megaphone because the flight information system went down. Fox News, "Clearance showdown between Trump and Brennan intensifies," 21 Aug. 2018 There was a whiteboard in front of them with diagrams and quotes from the Constitution. James Pogue, Outside Online, "The Religious Ideology Driving the Bundy Brothers," 14 May 2018 There are undoubtedly lower-cost routes to scaling up solar or BEBs, all kinds of policy mousetraps that economists could design on a whiteboard to outperform the ugly reality. David Roberts, Vox, "China made solar panels cheap. Now it’s doing the same for electric buses.," 24 July 2018 Others met at the team-building session a few hours ago, at which one Hack the Planet organizer wrote participants' ideas on a whiteboard. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Behind the Scenes at the Most Important Hackathon on Earth," 20 Nov. 2015 On October 2, Ariana shared a photo of a whiteboard, on which the numbers 1 through 9 are listed. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Might Release New Music Soon After Sweetener," 3 Oct. 2018 Find the best role players that circumstance will allow, keep the ideas flowing on the whiteboard, and pray like hell for the kids. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers' Wilson Chandler trade is where 'The Process' meets 'The Reality' | David Murphy," 4 July 2018 Google soon followed that year with a rival 55-inch digital whiteboard on wheels called Jamboard, which cost around $5000. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Microsoft unveils Surface Hub 2 digital whiteboard to inspire office teamwork," 15 May 2018 On a whiteboard behind her are the vocabulary words for the day: butter, skillet, spatula, maple syrup. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of whiteboard

: a large board with a smooth white surface that can be written on with special markers


white·​board | \ ˈhwīt-ˌbȯrd, ˈwīt-\

Kids Definition of whiteboard

: a large board with a smooth white surface that can be written on with special markers

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