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bulletin board

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noun
  1. a board for the posting of bulletins, notices, announcements, etc.
  2. Also called bulletin board system. Digital Technology.
    1. an online collection of electronic messages, posted by and accessible to any authorized user.
    2. a system, facility, or computer server for collecting and relaying these messages.
    Abbreviation:BBSSee also message board.
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Origin of bulletin board

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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Related Words for bulletin board

board, BBS

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Historical Examples of bulletin board

  • Besides—oh, Bob, have you looked at the bulletin-board this afternoon?

    Betty Wales Senior

    Margaret Warde

  • An acquaintance of Patty's strolled up to the bulletin-board.

  • We will put on your bulletin-board, 'Patronized by the elect.'

  • This was put up on the bulletin-board, and discussed with much pride at the club.

    Hope Mills

    Amanda M. Douglas

  • "Saw it on the bulletin-board as I came in," said his subordinate laconically.

    His Lordship's Leopard

    David Dwight Wells


British Dictionary definitions for bulletin board

bulletin board

noun
  1. US and Canadian a board on which notices, advertisements, bulletins, etc, are displayedAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): notice board
  2. computing a facility on a computer network allowing any user to leave messages that can be read by any other user, and to download software and information to the user's own computer
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bulletin board in Science

bulletin board

[bulĭ-tn]
  1. An electronic communication system that allows users to send or read electronic messages, files, and other data that are of general interest and addressed to no particular person. Bulletin boards were widely used before the Internet became popular, and many of their functions are now served by websites and newsgroups for specific topics or groups.
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Idioms and Phrases with bulletin board

bulletin board

Also, electronic bulletin board. A computer service that provides facilities for people to leave messages by phone or telecomputing. For example, The National Writers Union has a bulletin board through which members communicate via their modems. Both the device and the term, alluding to the older board for posting notices, date from the late 1970s.

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