- 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)
- board and batten,
- board bridge,
- board certification,
- board check,
- board foot
- 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
Examples from the Web for boarded
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
“They took the body away, boarded the house, and burned everything, all of their possessions,” says Miles.
Middle-name-free passport in hand, Kawalek boarded a flight to Israel the next day.A Gay Jewish Zionist American Doctor in Gaza and What He Saw|Itay Hod|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the airport an honor guard greeted us, and we boarded a convoy of vehicles to drive into the city.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’|Bruce Riedel|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of the two-shot holes, the fourth is excellent, and has a formidable second shot over a big and boarded bunker.The Golf Courses of the British Isles|Bernard Darwin
We submissively struck our colours, and ere long were boarded by my brother and Sir Walter Mayton.Yr Ynys Unyg|Julia de Winton
That morning Father Roland had boarded the train at a wilderness station and had taken a seat beside him.The Courage of Marge O'Doone|James Oliver Curwood
In the house of the silversmith, where Placido Penitente boarded, the events were commented upon and discussed with some freedom.The Reign of Greed|Jose Rizal
He was in the fight, and boarded with Decatur, but did not save his commander's life.Ned Myers|James Fenimore Cooper
- 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
Word Origin for board
Old English bord "a plank, flat surface," from Proto-Germanic *burdam (cf. Old Norse borð "plank," Dutch bord "board," Gothic fotu-baurd "foot-stool," German Brett "plank"), from PIE *bhrdh- "board," from root *bherdh- "to cut." See also board (n.2), with which this is so confused as practically to form one word (if indeed they were not the same word all along).
A board is thinner than a plank, and generally less than 2.5 inches thick. The transferred meaning "food" (late 14c.) is an extension of the late Old English sense of "table" (cf. boarder, boarding); hence, also, above board "honest, open" (1610s). A further extension is to "table where council is held" (1570s), then transferred to "leadership council, council (that meets at a table)," 1610s.
"side of ship," Old English bord "border, rim, ship's side," from Proto-Germanic *bordaz (cf. Old Saxon bord, Dutch boord, German Bord, Old High German bart, Old Norse barð), perhaps from the same source as board (n.1), but not all sources accept this. Connected to border; see also starboard.
If not etymologically related to board (n.1), the two forms represented in English by these words were nonetheless confused at an early date in most Germanic languages, a situation made worse in English because this Germanic root also was adopted as Medieval Latin bordus (source of Italian and Spanish bordo). It also entered Old French as bort "beam, board, plank; side of a ship" (12c., Modern French bord), either from Medieval Latin or Frankish, and from thence it came over with the Normans to mingle with its native cousins. By now the senses are inextricably tangled. Some etymology dictionaries treat them as having been the same word all along.
verb senses derived from various senses of board (n.1) and board (n.2) include "come alongside" (a ship), mid-15c. (from n.2); "put boards on, frame with boards," late 14c. (implied in boarded, from n.1); " to get onto" (a ship), 1590s, transferred from mid-19c. to stages, railway cars, aircraft, etc. (from n.2). Meaning "to be supplied with food and lodging" is from 1550s (from n.1 in transferred sense). Transitive meaning "provide with daily meals and lodging" is from 1590s. Related: Boarded; boarding.
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.