Definition of board in US English:



  • 1A long, thin, flat piece of wood or other hard material, used for floors or other building purposes.

    ‘loose boards creaked as I walked on them’
    ‘sections of board’
    • ‘You will need to cut and chisel these out of the floor and replace them with new boards.’
    • ‘The scorpion spends its days under loose stones, bark, boards, and floors of outhouses.’
    • ‘Nail or screw down loose boards or fittings, and clean all the gaps thoroughly.’
    • ‘Just add connecting boards between sections of deck from below to make a box, then either hinge the deck piece or make it a lift section.’
    • ‘New pine planks were stained on one side, and their bottoms were left unfinished because the owners wanted them to cup and warp to match the old boards in another part of the floor.’
    • ‘The floor was wood and a few boards creaked under his weight.’
    • ‘If you are using random width boards, be sure the piece next to the wall is the wider piece.’
    • ‘First, the foam underlayment is rolled out, and then the laminate boards can be placed over it with a tongue-in - groove technique.’
    • ‘It is a good idea to add up the total number of boards, being careful to make sure you group short pieces in with long pieces to minimize waste.’
    • ‘Rusted sheet metal, asphaltic roofing, old boards, or slate tiles are other roofing alternatives.’
    • ‘Use a straight edge and clamp the boards down to make an even, straight cut.’
    • ‘It is a good idea to paint the exposed ends of the joists and deck boards with a waterproofing for added protection.’
    • ‘Remove all of the old nails, and resecure any deck boards that may be loose.’
    • ‘The rough stucco was replaced with random-length tongue-and-groove boards to create an old-fashioned look.’
    • ‘The method of assembly depends on the thickness of the boards and the size of the completed frame.’
    • ‘If the four cuts were not enough to cut all the way through the board, finish it off with a sharp handsaw.’
    • ‘Immediately after sawing I stack the boards in the shade (though not in a building), with spacers between each layer.’
    • ‘I recommend you cut the joists after almost all your decking boards are in place.’
    • ‘Add elegant age to modern bathrooms by wainscoting the lower third of the wall areas in tongue-and-groove timber slats or boards.’
    • ‘The wood has severely splintered and several chunks of wood have come out of the boards.’
    plank, beam, panel, slat, batten, timber, length of timber, piece of wood, lath
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    1. 1.1the boardsinformal The stage of a theater.
      • ‘The following month will see two more comedian-actors hit the boards.’
      • ‘Rarely does a show of this scale and nature grace the boards!’
      • ‘He is on the boards of the Abbey Theatre and Sutton Park School in Dublin.’
      • ‘Therefore, it's not surprising when a gifted producer tries to take a star turn on the other side of the boards.’
      • ‘Ballyduff Youth Drama took to the boards for their spectacular production of ‘Journey Through Movieland’ recently.’
      • ‘Michael Waldron himself is no stranger to the boards and made a come-back to the stage recently playing the part of Pontius Pilate in the Easter Pageant.’
      • ‘Now she is making a welcome return to the boards in a revival of The Solid Gold Cadillac.’
      • ‘Some have gone from being on the boards to back stage.’
      • ‘Born into an acting family and brought up on the boards, Alice Ellen Terry left the stage for some years until concern for her children's future prompted a return in 1874 under Charles Reade.’
      • ‘The most enduring of all Stagecoach Youth Theatre York productions takes to the boards once more with its youngest cast yet.’
      • ‘It was good that she became a Dame because she rose through the ranks from the boards, not through training at Rada.’
      • ‘Secretly, he wants to give it up and go on the boards as a ventriloquist.’
      • ‘The New Eltham Methodist Church Players take to the boards for their 33rd pantomime in January with some cast members appearing for the 33rd time.’
      • ‘The only truly horrible performance comes from a simpering actress you want to yank off the boards.’
      • ‘Don't forget that Trinity Catholic College students hit the boards with a major production this weekend..’
      • ‘Once again the members of the Musical Society were tramping the boards in their latest production Calamity Jane.’
      • ‘One artistic work that stupendously manages this neat feat of perspective is the musical Cabaret, currently on the boards of the Citadel Theatre.’
      • ‘Students took to the boards in the college recently to perform the entertaining musical Finian's Rainbow’
      • ‘Drama students from St Martin's College will take to the boards at the Dukes in Lancaster with two distinctly different productions this month.’
      • ‘Another entertaining Kevin Feather production is soon to grace the boards of the Alexander Playhouse.’
  • 2A thin, flat piece of wood or other stiff material used for various purposes.

    • ‘Fold the upper shade over the edge of the mounting board, and place it in the window to test for size and positioning.’
    • ‘Throwing a ball in the air while standing on a balancing board is one example of proprioceptive retraining.’
    • ‘On viewing the menu board there was a great selection on offer.’
    • ‘Most of the windows were secured with thick boards, and many doors were large and overly secured.’
    • ‘Whatever wood or plywood and boards are available are used to secure government buildings and hotels.’
    • ‘If you want to develop balance for skiing, you need to do it while skiing, not by standing on balance boards or stability balls.’
    • ‘Once the mortar is dry, you can attach a cutting board to the side of the barbecue with fluted masonry nails.’
    • ‘You may want to spread a sheet of plywood as a kneeling board over the newly laid tile as you continue to work.’
    • ‘The circulating nurse prepares the patient for induction by securing safety straps and providing arm boards and warm cover sheets as needed.’
    • ‘After all, it's only chucking three feathered, tungsten-shafted mini-missiles into a board from a short distance.’
    • ‘You may need to place walking boards across the tops of the joists to make the job easier.’
    • ‘I thought that the easiest and cheapest insulation solution to warm up the room would be to stick some polystyrene insulation boards onto the garage ceiling.’
    • ‘The 2 mm thick acrylic boards served as ‘positron shields’ to improve detection sensitivity.’
    • ‘Have the board hung above the workbench with each tool's resting place clearly marked.’
    • ‘And, although the Artstore is giving me a good price on mounting boards, I can't go on spoiling good card indefinitely.’
    • ‘Place on a small tray, cover with a board, weight down and refrigerate for a few hours, or preferably overnight.’
    • ‘Never work on roofs without proper crawling boards and roof ladders.’
    • ‘The cabin looked deserted because of a broken swing out front and the boards on the windows.’
    • ‘He leaves the bowl covered with a board and a rock to keep out mice.’
    • ‘The tables were originally thick boards and the chairs were tree stumps.’
    • ‘A router with a guide board clamped at the correct distance can also be used to make the dado cuts.’
    • ‘The 260 youngsters at the school can use the boards for a wide range of activities and they have already been put to good use.’
    • ‘Laboratory films covered the cutting board, thus avoiding any cross-contamination.’
    • ‘For our cover boards, we used shirt-board rectangles thinly coated with white glue for the attachment of ordinary household aluminum foil.’
    • ‘Some architects were dabbling with it from the very beginning, he says, but most were still tied to hand drawings and drafting boards.’
    • ‘I've checked the boards, the panels and the wiring.’
    • ‘Tape a piece of matching wood veneer to a cutting board and tape the tracing paper over the veneer.’
    • ‘The solution is to clamp a pair of straight-edge boards in place to serve as a saw guide.’
    • ‘Snip chives into little pieces using scissors or mince them on a cutting board with a sharp knife.’
    • ‘When viewed up close on a sample board, only the shingle manufacturer's artifice will be apparent.’
    • ‘The bucket of fresh water was covered with a board ready to refill a fish tank.’
    • ‘Cyclists were instructed to ride over the boards at slow speed twice to get a feel for the task, and then to ride over them at normal path speed.’
    • ‘Alphabet boards, yes-no cards, or other communication devices may be helpful.’
    • ‘Use a small piece of paneling board as a pounding board to force two adjacent pieces together.’
    • ‘If you are using wood boards for your shelving, you will achieve a much finer finish with an orbital sander.’
    1. 2.1 A vertical surface on which to write or pin notices.
      • ‘To her, the ideal teacher was skilled in all things, even writing on the board quickly and efficiently.’
      • ‘He entered the room and started to write onto the board - without saying a word.’
      • ‘Record lesson objectives in a margin of the board at the beginning of class.’
      • ‘Those of you that were unemployed several years ago may remember display boards with attached hand written postcards advertising job vacancies.’
      • ‘‘One of the boys pinned it up on the board before the game,’ said the Bradford boss.’
      • ‘Easily affixed to the fridge or kitchen wall, the boards allow you to scribble notes and reminders when they come to you.’
      • ‘Everything had to be copied by hand and I couldn't read a single Vietnamese word she wrote on the board.’
      • ‘I also wrote on the board and told him how he should sign documents.’
      • ‘He paced back and forth, scratched his head, and finally strode to the board and wrote: CVCVC.’
      • ‘Mary is often forced to dodge missiles when she turns her back on her 31-member class to write on the board.’
      • ‘She was scribbling down the different terms and mathematical properties that the teacher had written on the board.’
      • ‘I've always been an excellent speller, but now half the words I wrote on the board were misspelled.’
      • ‘If the teacher wanted to do something to earn his money, he could write things on the board in phonetic alphabets.’
      • ‘Mr. Sanchez was writing something on the board in large, ugly handwriting.’
      • ‘She then rose from her chair and began writing things on the board.’
      • ‘We were commenting how the lesson would be difficult because no-one could read what Mr Foster writes on the board.’
      • ‘In the middle of the three streets, there is a board on which various notices and advertisements have been posted.’
      • ‘Grady walked over to Vaughn who was standing with a cup of coffee staring at the list he'd written on the dry-erase board.’
      • ‘On most occasions when I take a workshop, I first write on the board - there are no rules, but there are precedents.’
      • ‘Being the last period of the day, everyone looked just as uninterested as me in whatever the teacher was writing on the board.’
      • ‘He walked into his class to see his teacher writing on the board.’
      • ‘Desks were moved to the walls, books were placed in the appropriate places and the rules were written on the board.’
      notice, signpost, signboard, warning sign, road sign, traffic sign
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    2. 2.2 A horizontal surface on which to cut things, play games, or perform other activities.
      • ‘Thus, even such everyday objects as game boards and dice were buried with the deceased.’
      • ‘The game board is a rectangular grid of squares, initially occupied by a given configuration of filled squares.’
      • ‘The game board is filled with dazzling colors, wonderful textures, and delightful characters.’
      • ‘An advanced version of the game can also be played in which only a portion of the game board is visible to a player.’
      • ‘In Australia, I am told it is known as Calliente, and in Germany it is still possible to buy a board for the game under the original name Poch.’
      • ‘For the scallop crackers, place the feuille de brick sheets on a cutting board.’
      • ‘As time passed, the game evolved, with boards consisting of 10x10 and later 13x13 grids at different periods while the number of stones increased.’
      • ‘Gail nodded and bit her lip again, turning her attention back to the game board and staring at the jumbled patterns of red and yellow marbles.’
      • ‘Carving is also applied to the production of staves of traditional office, drums, dolls, and game boards.’
      • ‘Our relationship grew over those years and, most of the time, it happened over a game board.’
      • ‘During this part of the auction, the auctioneers also sold off dozens of game boards.’
      • ‘The game board tumbled to the ground and twenty red and yellow marbles rolled in various directions across the floor, beneath the bed, and under the dresser.’
      • ‘In the game, players take turns to push coins up a board with horizontal lines across it.’
      • ‘Remove the meat to a carving board and cover with foil.’
      • ‘The game involves a wooden board containing holes in which seeds are placed.’
      • ‘Transfer the nougatine sheet to a cutting board and chop into small pieces.’
      • ‘The picture on the right is a replica of a game found in a royal tomb at Ur dated around 2600 BC which makes it one of the oldest game boards in existence.’
      • ‘Sadly, most of the game boards have been damaged beyond recognition.’
      • ‘They act as game boards for toys and as toy chests, because taking one's favorite toy-carrying case to school is not allowed.’
      • ‘Set the tortillas on a board and cover one half of each with cheese and then spinach.’
      • ‘After he left the kitchen Lissie got up to hand the cutting board covered with onion slices to her mother.’
      • ‘Slide the pastry on to a board, cover with clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.’
      • ‘Place the lobster, shell uppermost, on a board on the table in front of you.’
      • ‘The paintings are long or tall rectangles or approximately square panels and are about as big as game boards.’
      • ‘These paintings of half-length figures grouped around a gaming board or table were probably meant to convey moral messages.’
      • ‘The games would be played across mahogany inlaid boards; the pieces, all ivory of course, would have been carved during the Ming dynasty.’
      plank, beam, panel, slat, batten, timber, length of timber, piece of wood, lath
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    3. 2.3 A flat insulating sheet used as a mounting for an electronic circuit.
      ‘a graphics board’
      • ‘Now he has graduated to reading electronics magazines and relishes at the thought of circuitry boards and diagrams and putting together all manner of devices.’
      • ‘We tested boards based on graphics chips from NVidia and from ATI.’
      • ‘As well as graphics boards, Elsa produces several connectivity hardware products.’
      • ‘Tests of SLI technology reveal that two graphics boards really are better than one.’
      • ‘ATI's OEM customers, having sold fewer computers, have ordered fewer graphics chips and add-in boards.’
      • ‘The newest high-speed chip promises lifelike video, due on graphics boards next year.’
      • ‘The company says the chipsets are optimized for Quadro boards, yet support other graphics boards.’
      • ‘Samsung is providing the memory for NVidia's graphics boards.’
      • ‘As we stated in the beginning, our analysis today is of DX9-capable graphics boards only.’
      • ‘We can also see again that the Max 3 is performing a few frames per second better than the other boards when gaming.’
      • ‘It also offer boards based on ATI graphics chips.’
      • ‘The company yesterday filled out its range of workstation-oriented graphics boards with a new mid-range part, the Quadro FX 1100.’
      • ‘Multimedia boards can alter the image data with automatic gain controls, edge sharpening, and color-enhancement circuits.’
      • ‘Well we just completed our testing of these six graphics boards, along with the winner of our last round, the 9500 Pro.’
      • ‘Sometimes accessing the switch even requires that one of the graphics boards be removed.’
      • ‘This way of measuring power consumption of graphics boards was first introduced back in 2004 and has proven to be accurate since then.’
      • ‘It estimates that 70 per cent of graphic boards built this year will use DDR DRAM, and that it has 80 per cent of this business.’
      • ‘The addition of Microsoft NT Embedded is expected to help sales of embedded boards with Intel processors, such as those made by both Intel and MCG.’
      • ‘Several boards can be operated in parallel to produce any desired effective output rate.’
      • ‘If you don't have the High Colour or True Colour options, your graphics board may not support those settings.’
    4. 2.4 The piece of equipment on which a person stands in surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and certain other sports.
      • ‘For the leisure industry, they stock wet suits, surf and ski boards and Yamaha Jet skis.’
      • ‘You might have noticed more and more people of all ages gliding down the streets on skateboards, sliding along walls and flicking and spinning their boards with various degrees of success.’
      • ‘The prototype boards are being tested by Australian surfers.’
      • ‘Well basically it's sky-diving with a board fixed to your feet.’
      • ‘‘Not the greatest,’ Tyler admitted, standing his board in the sand beside him.’
      • ‘It felt like riding on a surfing board but it was more stable and smooth.’
      • ‘He and his friends rode the boards for the next several years.’
      • ‘Barney and Skinny's boards were only two of many equipment casualties on Wednesday morning.’
      • ‘Some of the skaters have told the Alice Springs News they were ordered to line up against a wall and hand over their boards to four police officers.’
      • ‘The dedicated surfer is one of the few who stands - on a board - to benefit from this capricious nature.’
      • ‘Whether it is soaring 50 feet through the air on a Skidoo or popping tricks on a board in a half pipe, extreme sports thrive on danger.’
      • ‘I stand on a board, my feet unfastened, and learn how to keep balanced by flexing my knees and leaning forward a little.’
      • ‘I could stand on a board and wobble, but that was about it.’
      • ‘He loved getting up early, grabbing his board and surfing with the sunrise.’
      • ‘I walked over to a tent where I saw some surfing boards.’
      • ‘A board fastened to your feet enables jumps and elaborate tricks to be carried out.’
      • ‘Seven tries later Morgan was no closer to standing up on the board.’
      • ‘Stand on the board and balance without letting the edges touch down.’
      • ‘Dogtown Skates introduced boards with elaborate graphic designs on the bottom.’
      • ‘It was a stormy day in November, 2001, when Sharp and his men drove up to his beach fortress with a ton of boards, jetskis, and rescue gear.’
      • ‘The sport combines elements of surfing on a board with the added dimension of a kite.’
    5. 2.5boards Pieces of thick stiff cardboard or, originally, wood used for book covers.
      • ‘First, I say, that a book hath two boards: the two boards of this book are the two parts of the cross, for when the book is opened and spread, the leaves be couched upon the boards.’
      • ‘The innards of the book are carefully cut out, leaving only the book boards (front, back and spine).’
      • ‘Thus then you may perceive what be the boards of this book, and what be the leaves; how it is written within and without; how it is lined and leathered, and what be the letters, as well the small as the great.’
      binding, case
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    6. 2.6boards The wooden structure surrounding an ice-hockey rink.
      • ‘He is great along the boards, using his feet to help fight for the puck.’
      • ‘He faces the significant challenge of having to battle for the puck along the boards against 220-pound defensemen.’
      • ‘Pucks crack against the boards, glass and goalposts.’
      • ‘When he was cut on the cheek with a skate blade during one battle near the boards, he immediately got the wound patched up and was ready to go again.’
      • ‘Running into the boards in the rinks these days is like running into a brick wall.’
    7. 2.7usually boardsBasketball informal
      ‘the absence of center David Robinson to dominate on the boards’
      another term for backboard
      • ‘He is scoring less but doing a nice job on the boards and blocks.’
      • ‘Right now, my team needs more aggression on the boards.’
      • ‘Even if the club makes the playoffs, it won't be a factor until the players get more easy baskets and hold their own on the boards.’
      • ‘His offensive repertoire is limited, but he stood out on the boards and on defense.’
      • ‘In what was a hard-fought encounter, the Dubliners played an uncompromising game under both boards.’
  • 3treated as singular or plural A group of people constituted as the decision-making body of an organization.

    ‘he sits on the board of directors’
    as modifier ‘a board meeting’
    in names ‘the Federal Reserve Board’
    • ‘Most corporations paid directors for attending board and committee meetings.’
    • ‘The Government needs to look seriously at the people on the boards.’
    • ‘It was in that sense comparable to the boards of museums, colleges, and philanthropic organizations.’
    • ‘The staff compile reports and write summaries for the board.’
    • ‘During this meeting another board of directors also had to be elected.’
    • ‘Other scientists wrote and e-mailed the board in support of the science standards.’
    • ‘A new constitution and board of directors were put in place after the council threatened to remove funding unless the disputes were resolved.’
    • ‘This press conference is part of a larger decision by the Tourist Board to better inform the press of the activities undertaken by the board.’
    • ‘At the same meeting, a new board of directors and a monitoring council are expected to be approved.’
    • ‘Members of the public are always most welcome to sit in on our monthly trust board meetings.’
    • ‘What are directors' attendance records at board and committee meetings?’
    • ‘I also sit on the board of our global organization and its governance committee.’
    • ‘At a meeting of 14 board members, the decision was taken unanimously to organize a street demonstration.’
    • ‘The organization's board is expected to meet in the next few weeks to decide what to do with the windfall.’
    • ‘The school has written to the exam board asking them to take the crash into account.’
    • ‘There were a couple of board members at the meeting.’
    • ‘People should be on the boards of public companies if they have the skill and experience to be there.’
    • ‘The proposed policy is expected to go before the council's executive board for a decision later this year.’
    • ‘One might have expected him to sit on the boards of two or three of New York's more important cultural institutions, but so far as I know that was not the case.’
    • ‘All the decisions taken were fully informed decisions of a conscientiously acting board or body of trustees.’
    committee, council, panel, directorate, commission, group, delegation, delegates, trustees, panel of trustees, convocation
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  • 4The provision of regular meals when one stays somewhere, in return for payment or services.

    ‘your room and board will be free’
    • ‘They get board and lodging in return for training newly arriving students in literacy and other skills.’
    • ‘Hundreds of workers cannot afford to pay for board and lodging in Colombo, and are forced to sleep in hospital corridors.’
    • ‘Out of their meagre wage of £3 a week they had to buy their working clothes and their board and lodging in a hostel or with a family.’
    • ‘I quite agree that people should pay for their board and lodgings, but not medical care.’
    • ‘We did the photo shoot in Tobago, so I had to pay for everyone's air fares, board and accommodation.’
    • ‘Thirteen shillings weekly paid for board and lodging was the minimum amount on which such a claim for entitlement was allowed in the York Court.’
    • ‘Room and board, a small monthly stipend and unlimited access to studio space are provided.’
    • ‘Room and board are the student's responsibility, as is the financing of tuition.’
    • ‘You start 9.00 am on Monday as a legal secretary, and don't forget to put some overtime in if you want to pay for this week's board and lodging.’
    • ‘He performed menial duties in return for instruction with poor board and lodging.’
    • ‘His pay was three pounds and 10 shillings a week, with board and lodgings.’
    • ‘Jake's case notes further reveal that he initially thought his job at the hospital was in exchange for board and lodging.’
    • ‘Workers' hourly rates of pay also include allowances for board and lodgings.’
    • ‘He approached the captain of the ship and offered his services for board, and eventually boarded the ship.’
    • ‘He also highlighted that the asylum seeker does get meals and board.’
    • ‘You pay for administrative costs, for your board and lodging (absurdly cheap), and your air fare.’
    • ‘‘After giving some of his benefits to his parents for his board and lodgings he spends the rest on alcohol,’ he said.’
    • ‘Personal care should be funded by taxation and board and lodging by individuals, with state help for the poorest’
    • ‘It had been a residential hotel where old ladies paid 17 guineas a week for board and lodging, and Jean had been in the habit of lunching there.’
    • ‘But one man said that he was better off as he normally handed all his benefit, bar the odd sixpence, straight to his mother for board and lodgings.’
    food, meals, daily meals, provisions, sustenance, nourishment, fare, diet, menu, table, bread, daily bread, foodstuffs, refreshments, edibles
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    1. 4.1archaic A table set for a meal.
      • ‘Here the meals were prepared, and they were brought hence by “our man” on a tray, into the “large house,” where the board was spread.’
      • ‘He arose when he heard the household stir, and went down to the table, where the board was laid with fresh, hot bread and butter, and golden honeycomb, with strawberries and cream in bowls.’
  • 5Sailing
    A distance covered by a vessel in a single tack.


  • 1with object Get on or into (a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle)

    ‘we boarded the plane for Oslo’
    no object ‘they would not be able to board without a ticket’
    • ‘The salvage crew boards the ship to find it abandoned.’
    • ‘Only 10 passengers boarded the aircraft and Air France transported 24 others on the same day.’
    • ‘She boarded the aircraft as soon as the boarding announcement was made.’
    • ‘Last Wednesday night the ship was boarded by health officials in Orkney.’
    • ‘Two men said to have a ‘history of hijacking’ were arrested when the coastguard boarded a cruise ship 20 miles off Miami.’
    • ‘We boarded the ship with trepidation, as memories of a previous trip over 10 years ago were not particularly pleasant.’
    • ‘She was just ten weeks old when she boarded the ship in April 1912 with her parents and older brother to seek a new life in America.’
    • ‘Four days ago excited holiday-makers, including families from Barnsley and Hull, boarded the ship at Hampshire to embark on a cruise of a lifetime.’
    • ‘To my dismay I found that the departure gates through which passengers pass to board their aircraft were closed.’
    • ‘He was searched thoroughly before he boarded the aircraft, and there was, in our view, no risk to the security of the aircraft or the safety of people on that aircraft.’
    • ‘Finally, we got on a bus and boarded the aircraft.’
    • ‘Passengers can ask for a transfer ticket when they board the bus.’
    • ‘From there the family boarded a ship and after sailing for 41 days they reached New York.’
    • ‘He directed them to abandon ship and to board life rafts in the 25-foot seas.’
    • ‘Commuters must also have their passports scanned in order to board any aircraft.’
    • ‘Officials boarded the ship in Italy in early October and seized the cargo.’
    • ‘The five-hour protest ended when police boarded the ship, arrested the captain, and detained the crew.’
    • ‘In 1805, as creditors circled, he boarded a ship for Philadelphia and never saw Europe again.’
    • ‘Finally, I was able to board the ship and find my cabin, which it appeared I was sharing with a young Polish girl, Maria.’
    • ‘Some of the rum on sale in Antigua is so strong that word has it you wouldn't be allowed to board your aircraft home if a bottle was spotted about your person.’
    get on, enter, go on board, go aboard, step aboard, climb on, mount, ascend, embark
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    1. 1.1be boarding (of an aircraft) be ready for passengers to embark.
      ‘flight 172 to Istanbul is now boarding at gate 37’
      • ‘We check the bags, and by now the plane is boarding.’
      • ‘Two men embrace tenderly before separating, 'tickets please' calls a voice from the past, and an electric sign reads 'the 20.55 is now boarding'.’
      • ‘British Airways Flight BA117 is now boarding through gate number 10.’
      • ‘Flight 2723 to Atlanta is now boarding and we apologize for the long delay.’
  • 2no object Live and receive regular meals in a house in return for payment or services.

    ‘the cousins boarded for a while with Ruby’
    • ‘He is boarding at her family's house until he can find his own home.’
    • ‘To pay his legal bills he had to sell his house, and for the past eight years he has boarded with a couple living in the same area.’
    • ‘In those days students had no transportation to and from school and boarded in private houses.’
    • ‘Liv normally boarded in the room across from me so that we could each have our own bathrooms.’
    • ‘Wilkins, a medical student who'd boarded there for five years, stood in his undershirt with his shoes in hand.’
    • ‘The surveyors and researchers worked, roomed, and boarded at the picturesque site along the edge of the Panama Canal.’
    • ‘She and her sister were both taught to draw by a grammar school teacher who had been boarding at their home.’
    • ‘From September she will board at the White Lodge in Richmond Park London, the Royal Ballet's accommodation.’
    • ‘Previously all the school's teachers had boarded in private homes.’
    • ‘The teacher boarded with us as we were the only family who would offer board.’
    • ‘And there's the couple I boarded with, who gave me the keys to the house the first night I stayed with them.’
    lodge, live, reside, have rooms, be quartered, be housed, be settled, have one's home
    accommodate, lodge, take in, put up, house, billet, quarter, harbour, provide shelter for, shelter, give a bed to, give someone a roof over their head, make room for, give accommodation to, receive
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    1. 2.1 (of a student) live at school during the semester in return for payment.
      • ‘When her parents moved to Norway, Mina and her elder sister boarded at a convent school in Perth.’
      • ‘They boarded at Kirkham Grammar School and, ever since they left, talented youngsters have been following what is now a well worn path to Heywood Road.’
      • ‘Some still have grandparents but they are too old or sick to bring them up so they board at the school in dormitories.’
      • ‘Lloyd Ewenin said he attended residential school from age seven to 15 and he boarded 10 months of the year.’
      • ‘A fall in the number of children boarding at private schools has been blamed on Government-imposed costs.’
      • ‘At eight, Will starts boarding at Horris Hill prep school, taking piano lessons and finally becoming head chorister.’
      • ‘Wass was born in Lincolnshire but left home at eleven to board at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.’
      • ‘So I'll be boarding at school, and starting year 11 again.’
      • ‘Kevin boarded at Auckland's Sacred Heart College during his secondary school years - but his loyalty does not lie there.’
      • ‘His father was a Rugby-educated doctor who thought he was doing his son a favour sending him off to board at public school.’
      • ‘She attended the local primary school, but was sent to board at Roedean school near Brighton at the age of nine.’
      • ‘These students board from Sunday night to Friday, going home for the weekend.’
      • ‘She wasn't a Catholic but she boarded at a convent school run by the Sisters of Providence.’
      • ‘The next year Warren was sent to board at All Souls school in Charters Towers.’
      • ‘Aged six, he was sent to England to board at Ovingdean preparatory school in Sussex, spending holidays with his grandparents.’
      • ‘The young Piers went to prep school and asked if he could board when he was 11.’
      • ‘A charming and unassuming man, Kevin says as there was no second level education in Rathdowney when he was growing up, he boarded in Rockwell College.’
      • ‘Not all the kids at the school boarded - there were also day pupils.’
      • ‘Unlike Oxford rival Summer Fields, where most pupils board, at the Dragon day pupils are in the majority.’
      • ‘He grew up on a farm in north Yorkshire and boarded at public schools from the age of seven.’
    2. 2.2with object Provide (a person or animal) with regular meals and somewhere to live in return for payment.
      ‘dogs may have to be boarded at kennels’
      • ‘Horses were her life, and she had become a stable-hand to earn some extra money to buy and board a horse of her own.’
      • ‘Before we leased these acres the land was fenced in corrals and the owner boarded horses.’
      • ‘She and her daughter boarded their horses on the ranch.’
      • ‘He has not yet decided which farm will board the chestnut mare.’
      • ‘First and foremost, they are saved the cost and worry of boarding their pets while they are away.’
      • ‘There are several places to board your horse while you take in the activities and history available in the area.’
      • ‘With gritted teeth, the governors found themselves having to board the babies with Catholics.’
      • ‘If he was hired, the owner might allow him to board his horses for free.’
      • ‘They boarded her at her vet's office, where they just absolutely love her and give her the royal treatment during every stay.’
      • ‘He was kept up to date with proceedings in the ring by John Clarke of the Irish National Stud, which boards the mare.’
      • ‘The cowboys say the Master Street stable was the last large, affordable place for them to board their horses in the city.’
      • ‘The cats are boarded on one side, the dogs on the other.’
      • ‘If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet.’
      • ‘Casper is determined to have Sam boarded at a military school, probably in hopes that he doesn't turn out anything like his mother.’
      • ‘While raising her family she also used to board dogs and looked after injured animals for vets.’
      • ‘Most animals boarded out are dogs and cats with some ducks and rabbits.’
      • ‘But Truman, who was still angry that Ally had boarded him for nearly a week, turned away.’
  • 3board something upwith object Cover or seal a window, storefront, or other structure with pieces of wood.

    ‘the shop was still boarded up’
    • ‘The smashed windows are boarded up because we cannot afford to replace them.’
    • ‘There was a window, but like the others in the house, it had been boarded up.’
    • ‘Most of the buildings were boarded up or destroyed.’
    • ‘The windows are boarded up and covered with bars.’
    • ‘A year ago the classrooms stood empty, the windows were boarded up, and the future of the Queen Anne School building was anything but certain.’
    • ‘The windows and doors on most of the buildings were boarded up.’
    • ‘All the buildings were boarded up and derelict.’
    • ‘When we arrived the site was boarded up and the former car park was now just a building site.’
    • ‘The building had been boarded up on several occasions and was a prime target for vandals.’
    • ‘One window of her terraced home is boarded up and the building has been empty since she was taken into custody last year.’
    • ‘All the windows were boarded over with large sheets of plywood.’
    • ‘It doesn't look good when so many windows are boarded up.’
    • ‘Officers had difficulty entering the site because it was boarded up and protected by a locked gate and fence.’
    • ‘The doors of the house have been bolted shut and some of the windows are boarded up.’
    • ‘Most city workers were leaving early preparing for the long walk home - there were no buses, all the Tube stations were boarded up and there were no taxis for hire.’
    • ‘Several buildings are boarded up and vandalised.’
    • ‘At the moment the windows are boarded up but repair work is due to start early next week.’
    • ‘Large parts of the city centre were barricaded off, and the windows of virtually all shops and department stores were boarded up with wooden or plastic panels.’
    • ‘When the Evening Press visited the property four windows were boarded up and grass and weeds were growing wildly in the front garden.’
    • ‘All of its doors and windows were boarded up after the glass was smashed in earlier attacks.’
    cover over, cover up, close up, shut up, seal
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  • 4no object Ride on a snowboard.

    • ‘My friends and I love to board.’
    • ‘Night skiing is an exhilarating experience you won't want to miss when fellow skiers gather to ski or board down the main run each night with flares in hand.’
    • ‘I guess my best day out of the whole trip was Friday, where we boarded across to the two lower and relatively small runs on Super Morzine.’


  • go by the board

    • (of something planned or previously upheld) be abandoned, rejected, or ignored.

      ‘my education just went by the board’
      • ‘Weeks of planning went by the board when it poured down and the barriers blocking the way into Albert Square were lifted with more than two hours to go.’
      • ‘Sometimes whole ways of talking go by the board.’
      • ‘The months went by - the goal of September publication had long since gone by the board - and at the end of November we still did not know exactly what sort of deal Celera had struck with Science.’
      • ‘Hopefully, whatever else may have gone by the board, your resolve to put on a new face for the world is still firm.’
      • ‘The traditional principles of perspective usually go by the board, though many naive artists are capable of rendering distance and depth by their own means.’
      • ‘Opponents deserved no respect and the conventions of war went by the board.’
      • ‘The longed-for tour to New Zealand went by the board.’
      • ‘When push came to shove, ethics went by the board and they joined the ranks of sleazy money launderers.’
      • ‘I will want to hear about specific cases where opportunities have gone by the board.’
      • ‘But the older method of hand plucking had now gone by the board on some of the larger farms.’
  • on board

    • 1On or in a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.

      • ‘Representatives of both organisations attended a special event on board the Irish naval ship.’
      • ‘Paul has four major companies lined up for bookings, and one wedding has already taken place on board the aircraft.’
      • ‘When the electrical system on board the ship failed the crew were forced to cut their journey short and pull in to Sligo.’
      • ‘Mr Kelly said the 770 passengers on board the ship were preparing to disembark.’
      • ‘After a quick assessment he was taken on board the aircraft.’
      • ‘It was unclear exactly how many people were on board the chartered aircraft.’
      • ‘Visitors can follow clues around the exhibition to discover what life on board a Viking ship would have been like.’
      • ‘As long as the ship had lifeboats on board it was fit to travel.’
      • ‘After leaving the Army, Bill served on board a passenger ship sailing between Southampton and South Africa.’
      • ‘Christopher Columbus reputedly chanced upon hammocks in Haiti and sailors were soon slumbering in them on board ship.’
      1. 1.1informal Onto a team or group as a member.
        ‘the need to bring on board a young manager’
        • ‘So North was brought on board, only to be told last summer that his contract would not be renewed when it expires this August.’
        • ‘After the company took over, how was the new management team brought on board?’
        • ‘It invested an initial £6 million and acted as an agent to bring on board other big companies.’
        • ‘She's counting on more corporate sponsors coming on board to support the team.’
        • ‘We have an exceptional team on board with over two dozen national and international advertising awards between them.’
        • ‘The company is also about to bring on board a property development partner, to exploit more fully its extensive land portfolio.’
        • ‘Perhaps now is the time to bring the association on board and provide it with the authority and resources required to nurture new referees.’
        • ‘We are all very excited to have her on board the team, and look forward to seeing great things in the coming year.’
        • ‘Two prominent dating experts have been brought on board to assist members in their search.’
        • ‘He had just taken over the manager's role and he is bringing me on board as goalkeeping coach.’
      2. 1.2informal (of a jockey) riding.
        • ‘They had two winners but neither had usual stable jockey McCoy on board.’
        • ‘Champion jockey Tony McCoy, on board Best Mate, finished in second while Bacchanal took third.’
        • ‘I had seen many jockeys on board the same Florida Pearl, but no one handled him better than the bold Maguire.’
        • ‘Etherington has booked Paul Fessey to ride Evening Press, the same jockey who was on board last time she ran.’
        • ‘Richard Johnson managed to stay on board the Champion two-miler but the error cost him too much ground in the 2m contest.’
        • ‘Pat Eddery won the race at the age of 51 on board Landing Light.’
        • ‘Murtagh was on board Motivator when he secured an impressive win in the Dante Stakes at York.’
        • ‘When he jumped on board, the horse seemed to sense that now it was time for business.’
        • ‘Blowing Wind, which has twice finished third in the Grand National, was again in third place with Tony McCoy on board.’
        • ‘Frankie Dettori completed a double on Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot on Thursday as he won the Gold Cup on board Papineau.’
      3. 1.3On base.
  • take something on board

    • informal Fully consider or assimilate a new idea or situation.

      ‘we've got to take accusations of sexism on board’
      • ‘They claim he is trying to bury the issue rather than taking their criticisms on board.’
      • ‘I am not surprised the idea has not been taken on board.’
      • ‘It would be pleasing to many people if this suggestion was followed up and especially if elected representatives would take it on board.’
      • ‘Moreover, the trust is taking environmental concerns on board by planning better park and ride and cycling facilities for those who can use them.’
      • ‘After a lot of discussion with you all, your ideas have been taken on board.’
      • ‘‘I understand the fans frustrations and I take it on board,’ said Thompson.’
      • ‘It's great to see the Government recognise this and take our model on board so comprehensively.’
      • ‘But we believe customs were very receptive with the feedback we gave and took it on board in making this great decision.’
      • ‘We feel people are taking these things on board, following advice and genuinely complying with regulations.’
      • ‘Members of the group were anxious that the parking bay for the school bus should be clearly defined and Dave also took this request on board.’
      understand, comprehend, work out, fathom out, make sense of, grasp, catch, follow, perceive, make out, penetrate, divine, search out, ferret out, puzzle out, take in, assimilate, absorb, get to the bottom of
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  • tread (or walk) the boards

    • informal Appear on stage as an actor.

      • ‘Lured to the stage, he trod the boards for fifteen years as an actor, producer, and playwright.’
      • ‘After treading the boards, he turned his hand to writing and script editing, and this was the career which made his name.’
      • ‘A keen member of her local amateur dramatics club, Christine enjoys treading the boards when not working.’
      • ‘A theatre company whose actors have been treading the boards for 20 years in Swindon has received a big cash boost.’
      • ‘A talented actress who has only been treading the boards for a year could be picked to join the cast of a highly-acclaimed West End musical.’
      • ‘Numerous stints treading the boards with his local drama group have inspired him to try his hand as a playwright.’
      • ‘A group of teenage theatre-lovers who have overcome disability to tread the boards and win rave reviews have had their acting ability endorsed at the highest level.’
      • ‘George is an actor who has trod the boards with many of the big names in British theatre.’
      • ‘Scores of young performers are preparing to tread the boards at York's Grand Opera House when its summer youth production opens next week.’
      • ‘At that stage I still wanted to be an actor, to be front of house and treading the boards.’
      drama, the theatre, the stage, the performing arts, dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, stagecraft, theatricals, theatrics, the thespian art, show business
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Old English bord, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boord and German Bort; reinforced in Middle English by Old French bort ‘edge, ship's side’ and Old Norse borth ‘board, table’.