board

noun
\ ˈbȯrd How to pronounce board (audio) \

Essential Meaning of board

1 : a long, thin, flat piece of wood They nailed some boards over the broken window. Cut the board lengthwise.
2 : a flat piece of material (such as wood or cardboard) that is used for a special purpose They covered the board in fabric and pinned some photographs to it. the board that is used to play games like chess and checkers
3 : bulletin board sense 1 I saw a notice on the board calling for volunteers.

Full 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 plural pass 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.
7a : cardboard
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

board

verb
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 up board 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

Other Words from board

Noun

boardlike \ ˈbȯrd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce board (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 Suter scored again midway through the second period, five minutes after Jasper Weatherby put the Sharks on the board. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 5 Jan. 2022 In addition to the planned film and spinoffs, Comedy Central has ordered two seasons of the series, with Judge on board to write, produce and once again provide the voices of a number of characters. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 5 Jan. 2022 After getting to Istanbul from Los Angeles too late, she was turned away nastily at her gate (while the plane was there and her luggage was put on board). Essence, 4 Jan. 2022 Lee is the vice president of a real estate company, the Menkiti Group, and will serve as a public commissioner on the board. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 Welcome back to Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, whose characters all have a much better chance at survival than the teens and 20-somethings on board this time. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 4 Jan. 2022 There's still time to jump on board by making one or more today. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Jan. 2022 In a statement provided to CNN, MSC Cruises denied Italian media reports of a much higher number of Covid positive cases on board. CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 His next step might be to get more of his followers on board with his new look. Rory Satran, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Heidrick & Struggles reports a sharp decline in the number of former CEOs and CFOs appointed to board roles in 2020. Aman Kidwai, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2021 Investigators determined Payne fell into the water while trying to board a boat during a company party at the marina. oregonlive, 9 Dec. 2021 The business struggled to find a company to board up windows because of high demand after the mass robberies. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Nov. 2021 The house, unoccupied by owners for about 20 years, was foreclosed by the City of Portland due to fines and the expense of the city having to board up the home and evict people with no legal right to live there, according to public records. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2021 Residents of Louisiana coastal areas are preparing for possible storm surges, wind damage and flooding; Kirby Plaisance helped board up his stepfather's home in St. Charles Parish. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2021 Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Edge vessel in June was the first cruise ship to board passengers at a U.S. port since in 15 months, a symbolic stride toward normalcy at risk of being upended by the Delta variant. Graham Kates, CBS News, 13 Aug. 2021 The service department was asked to board up the broken door. cleveland, 13 Aug. 2021 Palestinian families living on the route of the march often board up their homes and shops in anticipation of abuse and violence from the marchers. BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of board

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 11

Verb

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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Last Updated

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board

noun
\ 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

board

verb
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.

board

noun
\ 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

board

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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