drawing board


a rectangular board on which paper is placed or mounted for drawing or drafting.


    back to the drawing board, back to the original or an earlier stage of planning or development: Our plan didn't work out, so it's back to the drawing board.
    on the drawing board, in the planning or design stage: The shopping center is still on the drawing board.

Origin of drawing board

First recorded in 1715–25
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Examples from the Web for drawing board

Historical Examples of drawing board

  • She disappeared, and in a short time returned with her drawing-board.

  • Kittrell could not speak, and he turned the drawing-board to the wall.

  • The grasshopper was pinned to my drawing-board, and against a piece of newspaper.

    Eye Spy

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • The drawing-board is set so that the draughtsman's chair has the window on its left hand.

    Heartbreak House

    George Bernard Shaw

  • He shifted the drawing-board Rod had fixed up for him an inch or two.

    Ralestone Luck

    Andre Norton

British Dictionary definitions for drawing board

drawing board


a smooth flat rectangular board on which paper, canvas, etc, is placed for making drawings
back to the drawing board return to an earlier stage in an enterprise because a planned undertaking has failed
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Idioms and Phrases with drawing board

drawing board

see back to the drawing board.

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