board

n. & v.
—n.
1 a a flat thin piece of sawn timber, usu. long and narrow. b a piece of material resembling this, made from compressed fibres. c a thin slab of wood or a similar substance, often with a covering, used for any of various purposes (chessboard; ironing-board; notice-board). d thick stiff card used in bookbinding.
2 the provision of regular meals, usu. with accommodation, for payment.
3 archaic a table spread for a meal.
4 the directors of a company; any other specially constituted administrative body, e.g. a committee or group of councillors, examiners, etc.
5 (in pl.) the stage of a theatre (cf. tread the boards).
6 Naut. the side of a ship.
—v.
1 tr. a go on board (a ship, train, aircraft, etc.). b force one's way on board (a ship etc.) in attack.
2 a intr. receive regular meals, or (esp. of a schoolchild) meals and lodging, for payment. b tr. (often foll. by out) arrange accommodation away from home for (esp. a child). c tr. provide (a lodger etc.) with regular meals.
3 tr. (usu. foll. by up) cover with boards; seal or close.
Phrases and idioms:
board-game a game played on a board. board of trade US a chamber of commerce. go by the board be neglected, omitted, or discarded. on board on or on to a ship, aircraft, oil rig, etc. take on board consider (a new idea etc.).
Etymology: OE bord f. Gmc

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Board — (b[=o]rd), n. [OE. bord, AS. bord board, shipboard; akin to bred plank, Icel. bor[eth] board, side of a ship, Goth. f[=o]tu baurd footstool, D. bord board, G. brett, bort. See def. 8. [root]92.] 1. A piece of timber sawed thin, and of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • board — n often cap 1 a: a group of individuals having managerial, supervisory, investigatory, or advisory powers over a public or private business, trust, or other organization or institution Board of Regents Board of Bar Overseers …   Law dictionary

  • board — [bôrd] n. [ME & OE bord, a plank, flat surface (nautical senses via OFr bord, side of a ship < Frank * bord, akin to OE bord) < IE * bhr̥dho , board < * bheredh < base * bher , to cut] 1. a long, broad, flat piece of sawed wood ready… …   English World dictionary

  • Board — may refer to: *Board, a piece of lumber, or other rigid material made of wood, milled or sawn flat *Surfboard, skateboard, or snowboard (often made of fibreglass) *Board of directors or a similar governing or advisory committee *Mixing console,… …   Wikipedia

  • Board — Board, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Boarded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Boarding}.] 1. To cover with boards or boarding; as, to board a house. The boarded hovel. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. [Cf. {Board} to accost, and see {Board}, n.] To go on board of, or enter,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • board — ► NOUN 1) a long, thin, flat piece of wood used in building. 2) a thin, flat, rectangular piece of stiff material used for various purposes. 3) the decision making body of an organization. 4) the provision of regular meals in return for payment.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Board — (von engl. board – Brett) steht für: Board Cards, die Gemeinschaftskarten in den Pokervarianten Texas Hold em und Omaha Hold em, die alle Spieler nutzen können Board of Directors, das Leitungs und Kontrollgremium eines Unternehmens im anglo… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • board — [n1] piece of wood lath, panel, plank, slat, strip, timber; concept 479 board [n2] meal daily bread*, eats*, fare, food, keep*, mess, provisions, victuals; concept 459 board [n3] group of advisers advisers, advisory group, brass, cabinet, com …   New thesaurus

  • Board — Board, v. t. [F. aborder. See {Abord}, v. t.] To approach; to accost; to address; hence, to woo. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I will board her, though she chide as loud As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Board — (b[=o]rd), v. i. To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation; as, he boards at the hotel. [1913 Webster] We are several of us, gentlemen and ladies, who board in the same house. Spectator. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • board|y — «BR dee, BOHR », adjective, board|i|er, board|i|est. Informal. stiff …   Useful english dictionary

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