Definition of aboard in English:

aboard

preposition & adverb

  • 1On or into (a ship, aircraft, train, or other vehicle)

    as adverb ‘the plane crashed, killing all 158 people aboard’
    figurative ‘he came aboard as IBM's new chairman’
    as preposition ‘I climbed aboard the yacht’
    • ‘The balloon began losing helium during inflation aboard the launch ship Triton, around 20 miles off St Ives, west Cornwall.’
    • ‘Victor also saw action aboard many other ships including the aircraft carrier Shah in the Far East, but to him the Exeter was the most special.’
    • ‘When the tender is safely alongside the ship, climb aboard when the coxswain tells you to.’
    • ‘At the end of the ceremony at sea, a further eight bells were sounded to mark the end of the watch aboard ship - and the first commemoration of the disaster.’
    • ‘Today, Irish Rail says there is no smoking aboard trains.’
    • ‘Perhaps the customers have magically climbed aboard a ship.’
    • ‘The fire aboard the ship worsened and men climbed into lifeboats.’
    • ‘On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama.’
    • ‘Gay and lesbian travelers are welcome aboard cruise ships, and they are among the most enthusiastic cruisers around.’
    • ‘Mary Campion gave a spellbinding talk at our April meeting, describing her terrifying experience aboard the cruise ship Jupiter and how it changed her life.’
    • ‘He climbed aboard the aircraft, started the engines, and was cleared for takeoff.’
    • ‘She climbed aboard the train and soon it took off for Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Pallets are delivered to the aircraft via track-driven vehicles, then pulled aboard using a winch.’
    • ‘I awakened before dawn aboard a cruise ship in Warnamunde, Germany, an unheralded port along the Baltic Sea.’
    • ‘Passengers aboard the packed train said about five miles outside Newbridge, the train driver began to blow his horn loudly and then braked hard.’
    • ‘A container, the sort used to ship cargo across oceans and aboard trains, became Vienna's emblem last summer.’
    • ‘I climb aboard the train a minute or two before it pulls out of the station and find to my horror that my seat is taken.’
    • ‘Here he climbs aboard the ‘longest train in the world’, breaking his journey at Chinguetti.’
    • ‘You hoist yourself into the front seat like a driver climbing aboard an old steam train.’
    • ‘Most rail passengers felt uneasy as they climbed aboard their first train after the Paddington disaster.’
    1. 1.1 On or on to (a horse)
      as adverb ‘with Richard Migliore aboard, he won the cup at a gallop’
      • ‘He broke in at Sunland Park in New Mexico and won aboard his first mount, Fetch, in 1974.’
      • ‘Troopers aboard untried war horses simply had no chance against heavily armored tank divisions.’
      • ‘Five races later, McCarron added to his total with a win aboard Nepenthe in the Waya Handicap.’
      • ‘Other notable triumphs were three wins aboard Zuhair in the Charlton Stakes at Goodwood, a race now named in the horse's honour.’
      • ‘The Downptarick pilot won the Grand National aboard Lord Gyllene in 1997 and has also finished second in two Cheltenham Gold Cup races.’
      • ‘Reid won the race aboard Via De Lago in a close finish over Alf Matthews, another racing commentator, on Horricks.’
      • ‘Before last Sunday week his biggest win came aboard Eva Luna in the Heinz 57 at Leopardstown in 1994.’
      • ‘The Raven Run was the third time Bridgmohan had teamed up with For All We Know, and his second win aboard the chestnut filly.’
      • ‘In the concluding 11 furlong race, Spencer will be aboard Mickmacmagooole, trained in Ireland by Seamus O'Donnell.’
      • ‘Darryll Holland also showed how to win from the front aboard Barbajuan in the Iveco Daily Solario Stakes.’
      • ‘His last win was aboard a horse called Volvo at Punchestown.’
      • ‘Willie Supple can win aboard Sky Quest in the Eastern Festival Handicap over a distance just short of a mile and a half.’
      • ‘It was to be the high point of a wonderful day for Walsh, who won the Grand National at Aintree aboard his father, Ted's, horse, Papillon, two years ago.’
      • ‘The stewards found that the racecourse had been used as a training ground and that the rider, Timmy Murphy, had made insufficient effort aboard the horse.’
      • ‘O'Dwyer was expecting to be aboard the horse in the final race of the festival, the County Hurdle on the Thursday.’
      • ‘Among Taylor's wins was a victory aboard Bridal Gal in the New Braunfels Stakes on September 17.’
      • ‘Photo number two shows local postman Owen McDonald aboard his horse and cart driving up Ballymanus Terrace.’
      • ‘He is named aboard four horses in three races on the ten-race program at Saratoga Race Course.’
      • ‘He has already won in Limerick on his other horse Ballytobin and aboard Kilcrea Shyan in Listowel two years ago.’
      • ‘The date is March of this year and Carrie Ford has the most realistic chance handed to a woman of winning the Grand National aboard Forest Gunner.’
    2. 1.2Baseball On base as a runner.
      as adverb ‘putting their first batter aboard’
      • ‘In the bottom of the fifth, the Kikuyus added an insurance run when Harold got aboard on an error and Demetrius slapped a routine grounder that went under the shortstop's glove and past the left fielder.’
      • ‘The Reds nudged and shouldered at the lead, putting their first batter aboard in the third, fourth, and fifth innings but never quite bringing him around.’
      • ‘The jerk came up to bat looking grim and manly and got aboard with a bloop grounder down the third-base line.’

Phrases

  • all aboard!

    • A call warning passengers to get on a ship, train, or bus that is about to depart.

      • ‘It's all aboard the Air Train to Denver International Airport - even though passengers won't be loading luggage for another 10 years.’
      • ‘Then it's all aboard to see the royal beds (yes, singles; separate rooms), the portable Rolls-Royce Phantom, and the surprisingly naff 1950s furniture.’
      • ‘Alright, all aboard for a time gone by, when narrow pants, octagonal shades, big round hair and teardrop peace medallions were the now thing!’
      • ‘Australia G'day Sports! All aboard for the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea!’
      • ‘When you've seen all you need to, it's all aboard, and settle back for the next section of the journey.’
      • ‘It is all aboard for the 7.45 pm Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts Society meeting on July 30.’
      • ‘Ahmed takes us to a new and far and unventured land full of history where the locals are quite friendly, all aboard for Penrith!’
      • ‘Then it was all aboard for a first-class morning flight to Manchester.’
      • ‘All aboard the sleepy train to visit Mother Goose.’
      • ‘Gorgeous Georgetown: all aboard for a rail and driving adventure in mountain mining country near Denver.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from a- (expressing motion) + board, reinforced by Old French à bord.

Pronunciation

aboard

/əˈbɔːd/