board

1 noun
1 INFORMATION (C) a flat wide piece of wood, plastic etc that shows a particular type of information: I wrote the examples up on the board. | Can I put this notice on the board? | I'll check the departure board for train times.
-see also: noticeboard, scoreboard
2 FOR PUTTING THINGS ON (C) a flat piece of wood, plastic, card etc that you use for a particular purpose such as cutting things on, or for playing indoor games: Cut the bread on the board, not the table! | Where's the chess board?
-see also: breadboard, chopping board
3 GROUP OF PEOPLE (countable also + plural verb) BrE a group of people in an organization who make the rules and important decisions: a board meeting | sit on a board: He sits on the hospital management board. | board of directors: There is still only one woman on the board of directors.
4 FOR BUILDING (C) a long thin flat piece of wood used for making floors, walls, fences etc: We'll have to take the boards up to check the wiring.
-see also: floorboard (1)
5 on board on a ship or plane; aboard 2: The ship went down with all its crew on board.
6 take sth on board to listen to and accept a suggestion, idea etc: The school refused to take any of the parents' criticisms on board.
7 go by the board if a plan goes by the board, it is no longer possible: We just don't have the time - so our idea about meeting to discuss it has had to go by the board.
8 across the board if a plan or situation happens across the board, it affects everyone in a particular group, place etc: We're aiming to increase productivity across the board.
9 MEALS (U) the meals that are provided for you when you pay to stay somewhere: I pay $100 a week for room and board. | full/half board (=all or some meals)
10 THEATRE the boards (plural) the stage in a theatre
-see also: tread the boards tread 1 (6)
11 SPORT boards (plural) AmE the low wooden wall around the area in which you play ice hockey
12 college/medical boards AmE examinations that you take in the US when you apply to a college or medical school
-see also: above board, diving board, drawing board, ironing board, surfboard, sweep the board sweep 1 (9) 2 verb
1 (I, T) formal to get on a bus, plane, train etc in order to travel somewhere: Passengers are asked to board half an hour before departure time.
2 (I) if a plane or ship is boarding, passengers are getting onto it: Flight N 654 for Kathmandu is now boarding at Gate .
3 (intransitive always + adv/prep) to stay in a room in someone's house that you pay for: I board with the Nicholsons during the week.
4 (I) to stay at a school at night as well as during the day: The students board during the week and go home at weekends.
board sth out phrasal verb (T) BrE to pay money and arrange for an animal to stay somewhere: We'll have to board the cat out while we're away. board sth up phrasal verb (T) to cover a window or door with wooden boards: All the windows were boarded up and the place looked totally deserted.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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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 — 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 — 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 — I. noun Etymology: Middle English bord piece of sawed lumber, border, ship s side, from Old English; akin to Old High German bort ship s side Date: before 12th century 1. obsolete border, edge 2. the side of a ship 3. a. a piece of sawed lumber… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Board and board — Board 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 of control — Board 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 of trade — Board 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 rule — Board 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 wages — Board 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


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