- a group of persons who board a vessel, especially to attack, seize, or search it.
Origin of boarding party
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for boarding party
"Very good," replied the sub in charge of the boarding-party.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.
Percy F. Westerman
Among those who formed the boarding-party was Dillon, who showed as much alacrity as any one.The Missing Ship
W. H. G. Kingston
"That case is my personal, private property," said he, as soon as it was in the hands of the chief officer of the boarding-party.Fighting for the Right
As Mayrant came aboard, he was mistaken for the leader of a boarding-party, and run through the thigh with a pike.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
The boarding-party commenced their somewhat hazardous passage from one ship to the other.Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships