- a long, broad, flat piece of sawed wood ready for use; thin plank
- a flat piece of wood or similar material, often rectangular, for some special use: a checkerboard, bulletin board, ironing board, diving board
- any of various construction materials manufactured in thin, flat, rectangular sheets: fiberboard
- pasteboard or stiff paper, often used for book covers
- a table for meals, esp. when spread with food
- food served at a table; esp., meals provided regularly for pay
- Archaic a council table
- a group of persons who manage or control a business, school system, etc.; council: a board of trade, a board of education
- a posted or printed list of the stocks sold and their prices, on a particular stock exchange
- the stock exchange listing these stocks
- the side of a ship: usually in compounds: overboard
- a rim, border, or coast: now only in seaboard
- the backboards, esp. as the source of rebounds
- [alsoB-] [pl.]Educ.
- a qualifying examination, esp. one for admission to an academic program: college boards
- one's score on such an examination
- Electronics circuit board
- [pl.]Ice Hockey the wooden or fiberglass wall surrounding the rink
- Naut. the distance covered in one tack when sailing into the wind
Origin of boardMiddle English and Old English bord, a plank, flat surface (nautical senses via Old French bord, side of a ship from Frankish an unverified form bord, akin to Old English bord) from Indo-European an unverified form bh?dho-, board from an unverified form bheredh- from base an unverified form bher-, to cut
- to cover or close (up) with boards
- to provide with meals, or room and meals, regularly for pay
- to house (a person) where board is supplied
- to come alongside (a ship), esp. with hostile purpose
- to come over the rail and onto the deck of (a ship)
- to get on (a train, bus, airplane, etc.)
- to receive meals, or room and meals, regularly for pay
- to get on a train, bus, airplane, etc.
across the board
go by the board
- to fall or be swept overboard
- to be gotten rid of, lost, ruined, etc.
- on, in, or into a ship
- on, in, or into an aircraft, bus, etc.
- in or into a group as a member, participant, employee, etc.
- in or into agreement or a spirit of cooperation with the viewpoint, plan, etc. of others: executives getting on board with the company's new business strategy