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[ bawr-ding, bohr- ]


  1. wooden boards collectively.
  2. a structure of boards, as in a fence or a floor.
  3. the act of a person who boards a ship, train, airplane, or the like:

    an uneventful boarding.


/ ˈbɔːdɪŋ /


  1. a structure of boards, such as a floor or fence
  2. timber boards collectively
    1. the act of embarking on an aircraft, train, ship, etc
    2. ( as modifier )

      a boarding pass

  3. 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

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  • pre·boarding adjective noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of boarding1

First recorded in 1525–35; board + -ing 1

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Example Sentences

The Harvard team declined to comment on whether it thought domestic travelers should be tested before boarding flights.

Airlines will deny boarding to those who don’t have proof of a negative test.

In 2020, it became commonplace to be in almost constant conversation about the pros and cons of boarding up street level properties in response to, or anticipation of, a disruptive and potentially violent event.

Conductors can scan boarding e-tickets shown from the Amtrak app.

Preventing bad debtors from boarding trains is one common discipline.

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Saa is now navigating a new life in America as an incognito boarding school student.

He squints slightly, has a squared jaw, and speaks in British-accented English, the product of a boarding school education.

Like Donal, he requested to go to boarding school to escape his homelife; also like Donal, he was initially miserable there.

Tickets will be free, but anyone who has ever denied anthropogenic climate change will be automatically denied a boarding pass.

First: Was he contagious when boarding the plane and are his plane-mates therefore at risk?

It was more like the boarding of a ship than any land fight I had ever seen or imagined.

Mr. Collingwood, taking the key from his mother, locked the little door in the boarding, after them.

Yet the word is general and apparently unconnected with the house, as it was not a stable but a boarding-house.

Mrs. Barford, as a country heiress, had received a boarding-school education, and was very superior to Letty in every respect.

Immediately after their arrival, he and his brother Nicholas were sent to a boarding-school.


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