onboard

or on-board

[ on-bawrd, -bohrd, awn- ]
/ ˈɒnˈbɔrd, -ˈboʊrd, ˈɔn- /

adjective

provided, occurring, etc., on a vehicle: among the ship's many onboard services.
installed and functional within a vehicle or electronic device: onboard computers for aircraft.

verb (used with object) Business.

to assist and support (a new employee) in developing the skills, knowledge, attitudes, etc., needed to be successful in the job.
to interact and exchange information with (a new customer) so as to ensure customer satisfaction, maximize company revenue, etc.: Part of onboarding new clients involves setting expectations and timelines.

Nearby words

  1. onanism,
  2. onassis,
  3. onassis, aristotle socrates,
  4. onassis, jacqueline kennedy,
  5. onbeat,
  6. onc,
  7. once,
  8. once and for all,
  9. once bitten, twice shy,
  10. once in a blue moon

Origin of onboard

First recorded in 1965–70; adj. use of adv. phrase on board

board

[ bawrd, bohrd ]
/ bɔrd, boʊrd /

noun

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

Can be confusedboard boredboard committee council panel trust

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


British Dictionary definitions for on board

board

/ (bɔːd) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsboardable, 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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for on board
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with on board

on board

Joining in or participating, as in The department head addressed the new employees, saying “Welcome on board,” or The opera company has a new vocal coach on board to help the soloists. This expression alludes to being on or in a vessel, airplane, or other vehicle. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]

board

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.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.