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 At that time, the board closed the bar on an emergency basis. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2021 Police and fire also were included in the across-the-board 3% pay increase proposed for all city employees. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 20 Oct. 2021 Paige's favorite way to enjoy them is on a charcuterie board with fruit, vegetables and wine. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 20 Oct. 2021 The board will form an executive search committee for a new CEO. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Oct. 2021 Manchin was not on board with many provisions in these bills. Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 The board plans to vote on final cut scores in November, as required by the Alabama Literacy Act. al, 20 Oct. 2021 Third, because marketers and board directors owe themselves to many stakeholders, many of them with different views about the problem at hand. Julian Villanueva, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 In 2017, the financial oversight board imposed by Congress filed Title 3 papers for the bankruptcy process of PREPA. Cristina Corujo, ABC News, 20 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Passengers failing to submit a negative PCR test will not be permitted to board the flight to Turkey. Carrie Coolidge, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 The plane’s passengers were returned to the terminal and given a full refund as well as a travel voucher and the option to board another flight to Florida. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 3 Oct. 2021 She was scheduled to board a flight that evening but never made it on the plane, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Sep. 2021 The young woman was supposed to board a flight later that night to visit her parents in Fort Lauderdale. Melissa Noel, Essence, 28 Sep. 2021 His family would need to board another flight, but just being back in the U.S. was enough. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Aug. 2021 As militants crowded Kabul streets, thousands of Afghans and people who support them have tried to board flights to escape Taliban rule — but not all have been successful. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 Congressman Madison Cawthorn tried to board a plane with a gun. USA TODAY, 31 July 2021 American citizens won't have to show proof of vaccination to board international flights home to the United States but will still be required to show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days before departure. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 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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23 Oct 2021

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“Board.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/board. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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