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Meaning of board by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A wooden board


    Middle English bord, Old English bord, from Proto-Germanic *burdan .


    • IPA: /bɔː( r )d/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )d
    • Homophone: bored


    board ( plural: boards )

    1. A relatively long, wide and thin piece of sawn wood or similar material, usually intended for use in construction .
    2. A device ( e.g., switchboard ) containing electrical switches and other controls and designed to control lights, sound, telephone connections, etc .
    3. Short for blackboard, whiteboard, chessboard, surfboard, etc .
    4. 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 .
    5. ( uncountable ) Regular meals or the amount paid for them in a place of lodging .
      Room and board
    6. ( nautical ) The side of a ship .
    7. ( nautical ) The distance a sailing vessel runs between tacks when working to windward
    8. ( basketball, slang ) A rebound .
    9. ( ice hockey ) The wall that surrounds an ice hockey rink, often in plural .
    10. ( archaic ) A long, narrow table, like that used in a medieval dining hall .

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    board ( third-person singular simple present boards present participle boarding, simple past and past participle boarded )

    1. ( transitive ) To step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship, aircraft, train or other conveyance .
      It is time to board the aircraft .
    2. ( transitive ) To provide someone with meals and lodging, usually in exchange for money .
    3. ( transitive ) To receive meals and lodging in exchange for money .
    4. ( transitive ) ( nautical ) To capture an enemy ship by going alongside and grappling her, then invading her with a boarding party
    5. ( intransitive ) To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation
    6. ( transitive, now rare ) To approach ( someone ); to make advances to, accost.
    7. To hit ( someone ) with a wooden board .



    • abord
    • broad, B road
    • dobra, Dobra

Explanation of board by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. provide food and lodging ( for )

    2. The old lady is boarding three men
    3. lodge and take meals ( at )

    4. get on board of ( trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc. )

    5. live and take one's meals at or in

    6. she rooms in an old boarding house
    1. a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose

    2. he nailed boards across the windows
    3. a flat portable surface ( usually rectangular ) designed for board games

    4. he got out the board and set up the pieces
    5. a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities

    6. electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices

    7. suddenly the board lit up like a Christmas tree
    8. a table at which meals are served

    9. a feast was spread upon the board
    10. a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view

    11. food or meals in general

    12. room and board
    13. a committee having supervisory powers

    14. the board has seven members
    15. a stout length of sawn timber

    Definition of board by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Board ( bōrd ), n. [OE. bord, AS. bord board, shipboard; akin to bred plank, Icel. borð board, side of a ship, Goth. fōtu-baurd footstool, D. bord board, G. brett, bort. See def. 8. √92.]
      1. A piece of timber sawed thin, and of considerable length and breadth as compared with the thickness, -- used for building, etc.

      ☞ When sawed thick, as over one and a half or two inches, it is usually called a plank.

      2. A table to put food upon.

      ☞ The term board answers to the modern table, but it was often movable, and placed on trestles. Halliwell.

      Fruit of all kinds . . .

      She gathers, tribute large, and on the board

      Heaps with unsparing hand. Milton.

      3. Hence: What is served on a table as food; stated meals; provision; entertainment; -- usually as furnished for pay; as, “to work for one's board; the price of board”.

      4. A table at which a council or court is held. Hence: A council, convened for business, or any authorized assembly or meeting, public or private; a number of persons appointed or elected to sit in council for the management or direction of some public or private business or trust; as, “the Board of Admiralty; a board of trade; a board of directors, trustees, commissioners, etc.”

      Both better acquainted with affairs than any other who sat then at that board. Clarendon.

      We may judge from their letters to the board. Porteus.

      5. A square or oblong piece of thin wood or other material used for some special purpose, as, “a molding board”; a board or surface painted or arranged for a game; as, “a chessboard; a backgammon board”.

      6. Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers, etc.; pasteboard; as, “to bind a book in boards”.

      7. pl. The stage in a theater; as, “to go upon the boards, to enter upon the theatrical profession”.

      8. [In this use originally perh. a different word meaning border, margin; cf. D. boord, G. bord, shipboard, and G. borte trimming; also F. bord ( fr. G. ) the side of a ship. Cf. Border.] The border or side of anything. ( Naut. ) The side of a ship. “Now board to board the rival vessels row.” Dryden. See On board, below. The stretch which a ship makes in one tack.

      ☞ Board is much used adjectively or as the last part of a compound; as, fir board, clapboard, floor board, shipboard, sideboard, ironing board, chessboard, cardboard, pasteboard, seaboard; board measure.

      The American Board, a shortened form of “The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions” ( the foreign missionary society of the American Congregational churches ). -- Bed and board. See under Bed. -- Board and board ( Naut. ), side by side. -- Board of control, six privy councilors formerly appointed to superintend the affairs of the British East Indies. Stormonth. -- Board rule, a figured scale for finding without calculation the number of square feet in a board. Haldeman. -- Board of trade, in England, a committee of the privy council appointed to superintend matters relating to trade. In the United States, a body of men appointed for the advancement and protection of their business interests; a chamber of commerce. -- Board wages. Food and lodging supplied as compensation for services; as, to work hard, and get only board wages. Money wages which are barely sufficient to buy food and lodging. A separate or special allowance of wages for the procurement of food, or food and lodging.
      Dryden. -- By the board, over the board, or side. “The mast went by the board.” Totten. Hence ( Fig. ), To go by the board, to suffer complete destruction or overthrow. -- To enter on the boards, to have one's name inscribed on a board or tablet in a college as a student. [Cambridge, England.] “Having been entered on the boards of Trinity college.” Hallam. -- To make a good board ( Naut. ), to sail in a straight line when close-hauled; to lose little to leeward. -- To make short boards, to tack frequently. -- On board. On shipboard; in a ship or a boat; on board of; as, I came on board early; to be on board ship. In or into a railway car or train. [Colloq. U. S.] -- Returning board, a board empowered to canvass and make an official statement of the votes cast at an election. [U.S.]

    2. Board, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Boarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Boarding.]
      1. To cover with boards or boarding; as, “to board a house”. “The boarded hovel.” Cowper.

      2. [Cf. Board to accost, and see Board, n.] To go on board of, or enter, as a ship, whether in a hostile or a friendly way.

      You board an enemy to capture her, and a stranger to receive news or make a communication. Totten.

      3. To enter, as a railway car. [Colloq. U. S.]

      4. To furnish with regular meals, or with meals and lodgings, for compensation; to supply with daily meals.

      5. To place at board, for compensation; as, “to board one's horse at a livery stable”.

    3. Board ( bōrd ), v. i. To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation; as, “he boards at the hotel”.

      We are several of us, gentlemen and ladies, who board in the same house. Spectator.

    4. Board, v. t. [F. aborder. See Abord, v. t.] To approach; to accost; to address; hence, to woo. [Obs.]

      I will board her, though she chide as loud

      As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack. Shak.