board

noun
\ ˈbȯrd How to pronounce board (audio) \

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hardiman is serving Benedictine spread, which is believed to have been invented in Louisville near the beginning of the 20th century by Jennie Carter Benedict, on a charcuterie board. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Carroll County commissioners voted 3-1 Thursday to adopt a resolution creating a police accountability board. Madison Bateman, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 The county board recently committed $21 million to revamp the electrical systems for two of the three county wastewater treatment plants, in Burr Ridge and Woodridge. Giles Bruce, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 Gilbert, a Canton attorney, previously co-chaired the national Women for Trump advisory board and served as a national surrogate for the former president. Haley Bemiller, The Enquirer, 5 May 2022 Hogan recently served as the chair of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, a powerful political advocacy organization, and is on Ocean Spray’s board. BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2022 Ted Christie provided more details on why Spirit’s board rebuffed a $3.6 billion buyout offer from JetBlue in favor of a lower bid from Frontier. David Koenig, Sun Sentinel, 5 May 2022 In April BlackRock’s board voted against executive pay packages, citing the strike. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 4 May 2022 At the time of her death, Johnson had been serving as board chair for the Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) since 2017, working to improve accessibility throughout Utah. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At Lviv’s ornate century-old train station, Valeria Yuriivna stood on the platform about to board a train to Mykolaiv, which remains under heavy fire from Russian airstrikes. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 The location marks the agency's first outside the U.S. and was chosen since Nassau is one of 16 international destinations where U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspects travelers who board U.S.-bound flights. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2022 The footage is particularly concerning, Kofman said, because the soldiers appear to be about to board a civilian Russian Railways passenger train. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 The Lakers were about to board a plane for a game in Sacramento, when Carmelo Anthony put down his meal, sat down and let the media in the room on a little secret. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Dressing like Greinke means dressing like a man about to board a charter for some deep-sea fishing - lots of fishing shirts, bucket hats and shorts that maybe are just a little too short. Matt Young, Chron, 20 Sep. 2021 Hours later, in the safety of the airport and about to board the government flight, Assad glanced at a television set in the waiting area. CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 In 1986, at London’s Heathrow Airport, a bomb was discovered in the bag of Anne-Marie Murphy, a pregnant Irishwoman about to board an El Al jetliner to Israel; she’d been tricked into carrying the bomb by her Jordanian fiance, Nezar Hindawi. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Riders will be able to board shortened five-car trains on a regular schedule by Tuesday afternoon as crews work to repair and eventually replace the faulty power cables. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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