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

  • noun A board having a corrugated surface on which clothes can be rubbed in the process of laundering.
  • noun Music A similar board used as a percussion instrument.
  • noun A board fastened to a wall at the floor; a baseboard.
  • noun Nautical A thin plank fastened to the side of a boat or to the sill of a port to keep out the sea and the spray.
  • adjective Having rows of ridges or indentations similar to those of a washboard.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A board or wooden frame having a ribbed or corrugated surface of sheet-metal, vulcanite, earthenware, or wood, used as a scrubber in washing clothing by hand.
  • noun Nautical, a broad thin plank sometimes fixed on the top of the gunwale of a boat or other small vessel's side, to prevent the sea from breaking over; also, a piece of plank on the sill of a lower deck port, for the same purpose. Also called waste-board.
  • noun A board carried around the walls of a room at the bot torn. Also called mopboard, skirting-board.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A fluted, or ribbed, board on which clothes are rubbed in washing them.
  • noun A board running round, and serving as a facing for, the walls of a room, next to the floor; a mopboard.
  • noun (Naut.) A broad, thin plank, fixed along the gunwale of boat to keep the sea from breaking inboard; also, a plank on the sill of a lower deck port, for the same purpose; -- called also wasteboard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a board with a corrugated surface against which laundry may be rubbed
  • noun music such a board used as a simple percussion instrument
  • noun nautical a board fastened along a ship's gunwale to prevent splashing; a splashboard
  • noun A stretch of ripples or bumps on a dirt or gravel road, mostly occurring at corners; which is caused by wear from traffic, erosion from wet weather, or poor grading.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun device consisting of a corrugated surface to scrub clothes on
  • noun protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side


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