- 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.
- the side of a ship.
- one leg, or tack, of the course of a ship beating to windward.
- the area of a woolshed where shearing is done.
- a crew of shearers working in a particular woolshed.
- sheep about to be sheared.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for 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.
- to go over the ship's side.
- to be destroyed, neglected, or forgotten: All his devoted labor went by the board.
- 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.
Origin of board
OTHER WORDS FROM boardboard·a·ble, adjectiveboardlike, adjectivere·board, verb (used with object)un·board·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for board
Harrell played poorly in the bubble following the death of his grandmother, but his scoring ability, pick-and-roll savvy and motor make him one of the best big men on the board.NBA free agency live updates: The latest moves and news from the offseason|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
His mother was a teacher, and his father worked for an insurance company where Mary McLeod Bethune, the women’s and civil rights activist, served on the board.Drew S. Days III, first African American to lead civil rights division at Justice Department, dies at 79|Emily Langer|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
If the Rockets are reluctant to trade Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers, where Morey now runs the show, the Nets are perhaps the best option on the board.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
He encouraged Metro staff members to be more “aggressive” and bring a plan to the board that might transform Metro’s fleet to fully electric by 2035.Metro board approves budget cuts, buyouts as pandemic dents agency’s budget|Justin George|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
The 54-page planning document published Thursday is essentially a wish list, explaining to the council why the library system’s board believes city funds would be well spent on the projects.D.C. library system wants to build new branches, including a first in Adams Morgan|Julie Zauzmer|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
So the following year dozens of Santas, in full red and white trim, boarded a plane to Portland.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest|David Freedlander|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was no trouble on the ferry as it reached Manhattan and a few of the passengers boarded the subway to the protest uptown.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture|Michael Daly|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some were silent from shock, others giddy and smiling as they boarded the U.S. Air Force C-130s.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Three months later, they were handed over to South Korean officials and, on April 1, 2009, boarded a plane for Seoul.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On December 1, 1955, she was sitting in a middle row when white people boarded, so that she was supposed to move back, or stand.
A newsboy boarded the train and passed hurriedly through the cars with the morning papers.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
A party of American marines boarded her, hauled down the Spanish flag, and tried to save the hull, but it was too far consumed.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Bluejackets boarded her; got her fire under control; got her under steam and moved out.
Boarded the Mosquito; sailed for and reached camp without further adventure.
By some means unknown he managed to get to a town at the end of the lake and there boarded a midnight train bound West.The Mystery at Putnam Hall|Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for board
- a smaller flat piece of rigid material for a specific purposeironing board
- (in combination)breadboard; cheeseboard
- (sometimes functioning as plural) a group of people who officially administer a company, trust, etca board of directors
- (as modifier)a board meeting
- 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
- 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
- (in gambling) to win all the cards or money
- to win every event or prize in a contest
Derived forms of boardboardable, adjective
Word Origin for board
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.