from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long flat slab of sawed lumber; a plank.
  • noun A flat piece of rigid material designed to display information, especially.
  • noun A blackboard.
  • noun A bulletin board.
  • noun A scoreboard.
  • noun A toteboard.
  • noun A flat piece of material designed or equipped to be ridden as a sport, especially a snowboard, skateboard, or surfboard.
  • noun A diving board.
  • noun A backboard.
  • noun A flat, rigid piece of material on which a game is played, such as a checkerboard or chessboard.
  • noun A table at which official meetings are held; a council table.
  • noun An organized body of administrators or investigators.
  • noun A table, especially one set for serving food.
  • noun Food or meals considered as a whole.
  • noun Sports The wooden structure enclosing an area for skating, such as the ice on which hockey is played, or enclosing a playing area, as for indoor soccer.
  • noun A theater stage.
  • noun Basketball A rebound.
  • noun An electrical-equipment panel.
  • noun Computers A circuit board.
  • noun The side of a ship.
  • noun A leeboard.
  • noun A centerboard.
  • noun Obsolete A border or edge.
  • intransitive verb To cover or close with boards.
  • intransitive verb To furnish with meals in return for pay.
  • intransitive verb To house where board is furnished.
  • intransitive verb To enter or go aboard (a vehicle or ship).
  • intransitive verb To allow (passengers) on board.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To come alongside (a ship).
  • intransitive verb Sports To force (an opposing hockey player) into the boards with a body check.
  • intransitive verb Obsolete To approach.
  • intransitive verb To receive meals or food and lodging as a paying customer.
  • intransitive verb Sports To use a snowboard, skateboard, surfboard, or similar item.
  • idiom (across the board) So as to affect or include all people, classes, or categories.
  • idiom (on board) Aboard.
  • idiom (on board) Ready to participate or be included; amenable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cover with boards; inclose or close up with boards; lay or spread with boards: often with up, in, or over.
  • In leather manufacturing, to rub (leather) with a pommel or graining-board, in order to give it a granular appearance, and make it supple.
  • To place at board: as, he boarded his son with Mrs. So-and-so.
  • To furnish with food, or food and lodging, for a compensation: as, his landlady boards him at a reasonable price.
  • To come up alongside of (in order to attack); fall aboard of.
  • To go on board of (a vessel).


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English bord, from Old English.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English bord, Old English bord, from Proto-Germanic *burdan.


  • He seems here to have recollected something inherent in his own office, that put the matter more in his power than at first he had imagined; for he speaks in a positive and commanding tone: "I will not," says his minute, "name a day for Mir Zin ul ab Dien to appear before the board; _nor will I suffer him to appear before the board_."

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  • Committee are empowered to conduct the current business of the revenue department without reference to the Supreme Council, and only _report to the board such extraordinary occurrences, claims, and proposals as may require the special orders of the board_; that even the instruction to report to the board in extraordinary cases is nugatory and fallacious, being accompanied with limitations which make it impossible for the said board to decide on any questions whatsoever: since it is expressly provided by the said Warren Hastings, _that, if the members of the

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 09 (of 12)

  • Observing that the Board of Trade had commenced a prosecution against Mr. William Barton, a member of that board, for various acts of peculation committed by him, they say, "We must be of opinion, that, as _prosecutions are actually carrying on against him by our Board of Trade_, he is, during such prosecution at least, an improper person to hold a seat _at that board_; and therefore we direct that he be suspended from the Company's service until our further pleasure concerning him be known."

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 08 (of 12)

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