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

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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 For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2021 And leading that search for the last 30 years has been casting director Debbie McWilliams, who was brought on board during 1981's For Your Eyes Only. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, 14 Sep. 2021 And also, there Cristobal was on the board at the online sports books, listed behind the favorites Luke Fickell and PJ Fleck (both 13/5) as a respectable 7-to-1 shot to get the job. John Canzano, oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2021 At the time of the crash, Kevin O'Leary and a friend of the couple's was on board the boat driven by Linda O'Leary, reports the The Globe and Mail of Toronto. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Hall said the focus will be on the USC administration finding a coach and looking at the financial considerations while making sure everyone is on board, from boosters to fans. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Southwest Airlines won't resume selling alcohol on board until at least January 2022, a company spokesperson confirmed to Travel + Leisure on Monday. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 13 Sep. 2021 The Coast Guard declined to answer further questions about where the trip originated, where those on board were from, the age range of the passengers,or their destination. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, 13 Sep. 2021 The more than 30 miles of pipe on board had to be inspected for leaks. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over the weekend, Bharati managed to reach the airport and was able to board a flight to London. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2021 They have also been seen on the islands of Murano and Lido -- both the scenes of hundreds-strong lines of people attempting to board the boats. Julia Buckley, CNN, 22 Aug. 2021 Many more are still awaiting their visas or recently received them, but are trapped in Afghanistan without a clear way to reach the airport in Kabul to board an evacuation flight. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 One of the Afghans who evacuated overnight was tear-gassed and shot at while entering the airport to board a flight to the U.S., Heller said. Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2021 Massouma Tajik, a 22-year-old data analyst, was among hundreds of Afghans waiting anxiously in the Kabul airport to board an evacuation flight. Ellen Knickmeyer And Colleen Barry, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Aug. 2021 Australian Karm Gilespie was sentenced to death in China last year, seven years after he was arrested and charged with attempting to board an international flight with more than 16.5 pounds of methamphetamine. Arkansas Online, 14 Aug. 2021 Sometimes the passengers are asked to board larger boats with migrants from other panga boats further off the coast before the approach to San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2021 Masks were once again required to board the nearby Skystar Ferris wheel in Golden Gate Park, too. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 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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“Board.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/board. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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