- The definition of a board is a long, thin piece of wood or a location where notices can be written or posted.
- An example of board is a piece of wood.
- An example of board is something hung on a wall where a teacher can write notes or hang papers.
- To board is to get on a plane or other transportation vehicle or to provide with a place to live and meals.
- An example of board is to get on a plane or train.
- An example of board is to run a kennel where dogs can stay when their owners are out of town.
A chopping board used in the kitchen.
- 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
- ☆ Basketball
- the backboards, esp. as the source of rebounds
- a qualifying examination, esp. one for admission to an academic program: college boards
- one's score on such an examination
- Electronics circuit board
- 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 amp; 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 bhdho-, 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, etc.)
across the board☆
go by the board
- to fall or be swept overboard
- to be got 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.
- A long flat slab of sawed lumber; a plank.
- A flat piece of rigid material designed to display information, especially:a. A blackboard.b. A bulletin board.c. A scoreboard.d. A toteboard.
- Sports a. A flat piece of material designed or equipped to be ridden as a sport, especially a snowboard, skateboard, or surfboard.b. A diving board.c. A backboard.
- A flat, rigid piece of material on which a game is played, such as a checkerboard or chessboard.
- a. A table at which official meetings are held; a council table.b. An organized body of administrators or investigators: a board of trustees; a board of directors.
- a. A table, especially one set for serving food.b. Food or meals considered as a whole: board and lodging.
- boardsa. Sports The wooden structure enclosing an area for skating, such as the ice on which hockey is played, or enclosing a playing area, as for indoor soccer.b. A theater stage.
- Basketball A rebound.
- a. An electrical-equipment panel.b. Computers A circuit board.
- Nautical a. The side of a ship.b. A leeboard.c. A centerboard.
- Obsolete A border or edge.
verbboard·ed, board·ing, boards
- To cover or close with boards: board up a broken window.
- a. To furnish with meals in return for pay.b. To house where board is furnished: board a horse at a stable.
- a. To enter or go aboard (a vehicle or ship).b. To allow (passengers) on board.c. Nautical To come alongside (a ship).
- Sports To force (an opposing hockey player) into the boards with a body check.
- Obsolete To approach.
- To receive meals or food and lodging as a paying customer.
- Sports To use a snowboard, skateboard, surfboard, or similar item.
Origin of boardMiddle English bord, from Old English.
- A relatively long, wide and thin piece of any material, usually wood or similar, often for use in construction or furniture-making.
- A device (e.g., switchboard) containing electrical switches and other controls and designed to control lights, sound, telephone connections, etc.
- A flat surface with markings for playing a board game.
- Each player starts the game with four counters on the board.
- Short for blackboard, whiteboard, chessboard, surfboard, etc.
- A committee that manages the business of an organization, e.g., a board of directors.
- We have to wait to hear back from the board.
- (uncountable) Regular meals or the amount paid for them in a place of lodging.
- Room and board
- (nautical) The side of a ship.
- (nautical) The distance a sailing vessel runs between tacks when working to windward.
- (ice hockey) The wall that surrounds an ice hockey rink, often in plural.
- (archaic) A long, narrow table, like that used in a medieval dining hall.
- Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers, etc.; pasteboard.
- to bind a book in boards
(third-person singular simple present boards, present participle boarding, simple past and past participle boarded)
- To step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship, aircraft, train or other conveyance.
- It is time to board the aircraft.
- To provide someone with meals and lodging, usually in exchange for money.
- to board one's horse at a livery stable
- To receive meals and lodging in exchange for money.
- (nautical) To capture an enemy ship by going alongside and grappling her, then invading her with a boarding party
- (intransitive) To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation
- (now rare) To approach (someone); to make advances to, accost.
- To cover with boards or boarding.
- to board a house
- To hit (someone) with a wooden board.
- (basketball, informal) A rebound.