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bulletin board

a board for the posting of bulletins, notices, announcements, etc.
Also called bulletin board system. Digital Technology. BBS.
  1. an online collection of electronic messages, posted by and accessible to any authorized user.
  2. a system, facility, or computer server for collecting and relaying these messages.
See also message board.
Origin of bulletin board
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As she spoke Miss Lee stepped to the bulletin board that hung in the corridor.


    Jane Abbott
  • Coming hastily into the hall she glanced at the bulletin board.

  • After dinner he wrote a notice and posted it on the bulletin board in the gymnasium.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Marjorie Dean studied the bulletin board with a serious face.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • A quick check of the bulletin board told them the train was on time.

  • I found my name on the bulletin board for officer of the guard to-morrow.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • There was a notice conspicuously posted on the bulletin board.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • Get samples of embroidery and pin to the bulletin board, where all the girls may see them.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • I see by the bulletin board that they whipped Cincinnati by twelve to three.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for bulletin board

bulletin board

(US & Canadian) a board on which notices, advertisements, bulletins, etc, are displayed Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) notice board
(computing) a facility on a computer network allowing any user to leave messages that can be read by any other user, and to download software and information to the user's own computer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for bulletin board
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bulletin board in Science
bulletin board
An electronic communication system that allows users to send or read electronic messages, files, and other data that are of general interest and addressed to no particular person. Bulletin boards were widely used before the Internet became popular, and many of their functions are now served by websites and newsgroups for specific topics or groups.
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Idioms and Phrases with bulletin board

bulletin board

Also,electronic bulletin board. A computer service that provides facilities for people to leave messages by phone or telecomputing. For example, The National Writers Union has a bulletin board through which members communicate via their modems. Both the device and the term, alluding to the older board for posting notices, date from the late 1970s.
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