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[beys-bawrd, -bohrd]
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  1. Also called mopboard, skirt. a board forming the foot of an interior wall.
  2. a board forming the base of anything.
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Origin of baseboard

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; base1 + board
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  1. a board functioning as the base of anything
  2. Also called: skirting board US and Canadian a skirting made of wood
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Word Origin and History for baseboard


1854, from base (n.) + board (n.1).

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