from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A board on which games are played, as a backgammon-board.
  • n. A table as a piece of furniture.
  • n. Board without lodging.


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  • There was no charge for table-board, nor did Miss Allen expect anything but her just share.

    Madeleine An Autobiography

  • She had a full corps of family servants, who had followed her to her various residences, and she eked out her income by supplying table-board to students from college and seminary.

    Marion Harland's autobiography : the story of a long life,

  • Mary could cook them, and at the table-board they went over the field again, the work of the dogs, the Major meanwhile waxing eloquent over the trueness of his gun.

    Shawn of Skarrow

  • You deserve that I should let you eat your fists by way of table-board; but I'm no such dirt as you.

    Moran of the Lady Letty

  • When the table-board described herein was set with snowy linen cloth and napkins, and ample fare, it had some compensations for what modern luxuries it lacked, some qualifications for inducing contentment superior even to our beautiful table-settings.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • I have seen a curious old table top, or table-board, which permitted diners seated at it to dispense with trenchers or plates.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • One such oaken table-board, still in existence, has on the under side in quaint lettering the name and address of the Boston settler to whom the original packing-box was sent in 1638.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • Thus it was literally a board, and was called a table-board, and the linen cover used at meals was not called a tablecloth, but a board-cloth or board-clothes.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • The room also contained the table-board, block, and rag-bottom chairs, and little stool for Margaret before mentioned.


  • The diary mentions their finding on that day a table-board and a carved stick, the carving apparently wrought by some iron instrument.

    The Life of Columbus


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