a piece of wood sawed thin, and of considerable length and breadth compared with the thickness.
a flat slab of wood or other material for some specific purpose: a cutting board.
a sheet of wood, cardboard, paper, etc., with or without markings, for some special use, as a checkerboard or chessboard.
Theater. the stage: The play will go on the boards next week.
the wooden fence surrounding the playing area of an ice-hockey rink.
a racing course made of wood, used especially in track meets held indoors: his first time running on boards.
Bookbinding. stiff cardboard or other material covered with paper, cloth, or the like to form the covers for a book.
Building Trades. composition material made in large sheets, as plasterboard or corkboard.
a table, especially to serve food on.
daily meals, especially as provided for pay: twenty dollars a day for room and board.
an official group of persons who direct or supervise some activity: a board of directors.
the side of a ship.
one leg, or tack, of the course of a ship beating to windward.
Railroads. a fixed signal or permanent sign regulating traffic.
a flat surface, as a wall or an object of rectangular shape, on which something is posted, as notices or stock-market quotations: a bulletin board.
Electronics. circuit board (def. 2).
the area of a woolshed where shearing is done.
a crew of shearers working in a particular woolshed.
sheep about to be sheared.
Obsolete. the edge, border, or side of anything.
to cover or close with boards (often followed by up or over): to board up a house; to board over a well.
to furnish with meals, or with meals and lodging, especially for pay: They boarded him for $50 a week.
to go on board of or enter (a ship, train, etc.).
to allow on board: We will be boarding passengers in approximately ten minutes.
to come up alongside (a ship), as to attack or to go on board: The pirate ship boarded the clipper.
Obsolete. to approach; accost.
to take one's meals, or be supplied with food and lodging at a fixed price: Several of us board at the same rooming house.
Ice Hockey. to hit an opposing player with a board check.
Idioms about board
across the board,
Racing. betting on a horse or dog to finish first, second, or third, so that any result where a selection wins, places, or shows enables the bettor to collect.
applying to or affecting every person, class, group, etc.
go by the board,
to go over the ship's side.
to be destroyed, neglected, or forgotten: All his devoted labor went by the board.
on board, : Also aboard .
on or in a ship, plane, or other vehicle: There were several movie stars on board traveling incognito.
Baseball. on base: There were two men on board as the next batter came up.
present and functioning as a member of a team or organization.
on the boards, in the theatrical profession: The family has been on the boards since grandfather's time.
tread the boards. tread (def. 23).
- board·a·ble, adjective
- boardlike, adjective
- re·board, verb (used with object)
- un·board·ed, adjective
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How to use board in a sentence
The Wall Pops cork boards are a great option when aesthetics are of utmost importance.
Once the flames die down, agencies like the state water resources board and the Army Corps of Engineers will need to go in and clean up debris before rains mobilize any toxic byproducts.California wildfires may give way to massive mudslides | Ula Chrobak | September 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
That has yet to happen, because representatives of the workers involved asked the board to reconsider its December ruling.“Cover Up”: House Democrats Subpoena Documents That NLRB Refused to Share in Ethics Investigation | by Ian MacDougall | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
During litigation between the city and Kinder Morgan, local water quality board demanded to know why the city wouldn’t take that water, at least 500,000 gallons per day.Pursuing Independent Water Sources, San Diego Ignores One Beneath Its Feet | MacKenzie Elmer | September 14, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
You’ve been told in a board meeting that you are the worst businessperson they’ve ever met, and your executive coach said that it was incredible so many people have stayed by your side for so long when they can’t stand you.Momofuku’s David Chang on the big changes the restaurant industry needs to make to survive | Beth Kowitt | September 14, 2020 | Fortune
Meanwhile, almost exactly 30 years after the trial, the judge left his home to board a steamboat and was never heard from again.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion | Nina Strochlic | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Chérif was arrested in Paris in January 2005 as he was about to board a plane to Damascus along with a man named Thamer Bouchnak.
On his eighth try, more than three decades after he went in, the parole board finally voted to release Sam.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside | Justin Rohrlich | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Supreme Court eventually stepped in and ended legal segregation in the landmark 1954 decision, Brown v. board of Education.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future | Jonah Edelman | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fate of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the 162 souls on board is a tragedy, but it will not remain a mystery for much longer.
The Spaniards captured two schooners, having on board 22 officers and 30 men, all of whom were hanged or sent to the mines.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
She had just left the wharf at Cincinnati for Louisville, with 225 passengers on board, of whom but 124 were saved.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The patache was never seen again, and there is not much doubt that it was lost with all hands on board.
Hoosier hurried on board the boat, and followed Dick's instructions to the letter.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
For the purpose of ascertaining the board's powers in this connection the opinion of the Attorney General has been requested.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for board
a long wide flat relatively thin piece of sawn timber
a smaller flat piece of rigid material for a specific purpose: ironing board
(in combination): breadboard; cheeseboard
a person's food or meals, provided regularly for money or sometimes as payment for work done (esp in the phrases full board, board and lodging)
archaic a table, esp one used for eating at, and esp when laden with food
(sometimes functioning as plural) a group of people who officially administer a company, trust, etc: a board of directors
(as modifier): a board meeting
any other committee or council: a board of interviewers
the boards (plural) the acting profession; the stage
stiff cardboard or similar material covered with paper, cloth, etc, used for the outside covers of a book
a flat thin rectangular sheet of composite material, such as plasterboard or chipboard
a list on which stock-exchange securities and their prices are posted
informal the stock exchange itself
the side of a ship
the leg that a sailing vessel makes on a beat to windward
Australian and NZ the part of the floor of a sheep-shearing shed, esp a raised part, where the shearers work
NZ the killing floor of an abattoir or freezing works
any of various portable surfaces specially designed for indoor games such as chess, backgammon, etc
(as modifier): board games
a set of hands in duplicate bridge
a wooden or metal board containing four slots, or often nowadays, a plastic wallet, in which the four hands are placed so that the deal may be replayed with identical hands
the hull of a sailboard, usually made of plastic, to which the mast is jointed and on which a windsurfer stands
See above board
go by the board to be in disuse, neglected, or lost: in these days courtesy goes by the board
on board on or in a ship, boat, aeroplane, or other vehicle
sweep the board
(in gambling) to win all the cards or money
to win every event or prize in a contest
take on board to accept (new ideas, situations, theories, etc)
to go aboard (a vessel, train, aircraft, or other vehicle)
nautical to come alongside (a vessel) before attacking or going aboard
to attack (a ship) by forcing one's way aboard
(tr; often foll by up, in, etc) to cover or shut with boards
(intr) to give or receive meals or meals and lodging in return for money or work
(sometimes foll by out) to receive or arrange for (someone, esp a child) to receive food and lodging away from home, usually in return for payment
- boardable, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with board
see across the board; back to the drawing board; bed and board; bulletin board; by the board; go overboard; on board; open and aboveboard; room and board; stiff as a board; tread the boards.
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