[ bawr-ding, bohr- ]
/ ˈbɔr dɪŋ, ˈboʊr- /


wooden boards collectively.
a structure of boards, as in a fence or a floor.
the act of a person who boards a ship, train, airplane, or the like: an uneventful boarding.

Origin of boarding

First recorded in 1525–35; board + -ing1

Related forms

pre·board·ing, adjective, noun

Definition for boarding (2 of 2)


[ bawrd, bohrd ]
/ bɔrd, boʊrd /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.

Origin of board

before 900; Middle English, Old English bord board, table, shield; cognate with Dutch boord board, bord plate, German Bort, Old Norse borth, Gothic -baurd

Related forms

board·a·ble, adjectiveboard·like, adjectivere·board, verb (used with object)un·board·ed, adjective

Can be confused

board boredboard committee council panel trust Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boarding

British Dictionary definitions for boarding (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbɔːdɪŋ) /


a structure of boards, such as a floor or fence
timber boards collectively
  1. the act of embarking on an aircraft, train, ship, etc
  2. (as modifier)a boarding pass
a process used in tanning to accentuate the natural grain of hides, in which the surface of a softened leather is lightly creased by folding grain to grain and the fold is worked to and fro across the leather

British Dictionary definitions for boarding (2 of 2)


/ (bɔːd) /



Derived Forms

boardable, adjective

Word Origin for board

Old English bord; related to Old Norse borth ship's side, table, Old High German bort ship's side, Sanskrit bardhaka a cutting off
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Idioms and Phrases with 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.

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