Meaning of BOARD in English

BOARD

/ bɔːd; NAmE bɔːrd/ noun , verb

■ noun

PIECE OF WOOD etc.

1.

[ C , U ] a long thin piece of strong hard material, especially wood, used, for example, for making floors, building walls and roofs and making boats :

He had ripped up the carpet, leaving only the bare boards.

—see also chipboard , floorboard , hardboard , skirting board

2.

[ C ] (especially in compounds) a piece of wood, or other strong material, that is used for a special purpose :

a blackboard

I'll write it up on the board.

( BrE )

a noticeboard

( NAmE )

a bulletin board

The exam results went up on the board.

a diving board

She jumped off the top board.

a chessboard

He removed the figure from the board.

—see also message board

IN WATER SPORTS

3.

[ C ] = bodyboard , sailboard , surfboard

GROUP OF PEOPLE

4.

[ C +sing./pl. v . ] a group of people who have power to make decisions and control a company or other organization :

She has a seat on the board of directors.

The board is / are unhappy about falling sales.

members of the board

discussions at board level

the academic board (= for example, of a British university)

( NAmE )

the Board of Education (= a group of elected officials who are in charge of all the public schools in a particular area)

ORGANIZATION

5.

[ C ] used in the name of some organizations :

the Welsh Tourist Board (= responsible for giving tourist information)

MEALS

6.

[ U ] the meals that are provided when you stay in a hotel, guest house , etc.; what you pay for the meals :

He pays £90 a week board and lodging.

—see also bed and board , full board , half board

EXAMS

7.

boards [ pl. ] ( old-fashioned , US ) exams that you take when you apply to go to college in the US

IN THEATRE

8.

the boards [ pl. ] ( old-fashioned , informal ) the stage in a theatre :

His play is on the boards on Broadway.

She's treading the boards (= working as an actress) .

ICE HOCKEY

9.

the boards [ pl. ] ( NAmE ) the low wooden wall surrounding the area where a game of ice hockey is played :

The puck went wide, hitting the boards.

HELP NOTE : There are many other compounds ending in board . You will find them at their place in the alphabet.

IDIOMS

- across the board

- go by the board

- on board

- take sth on board

—more at sweep verb

■ verb

GET ON PLANE / SHIP, etc.

1.

to get on a ship, train, plane, bus, etc. :

[ vn ]

The ship was boarded by customs officials.

[ v ]

Passengers are waiting to board.

2.

[ v ] be boarding when a plane or ship is boarding , it is ready for passengers to get on :

Flight BA193 for Paris is now boarding at Gate 37.

LIVE SOMEWHERE

3.

[ v ] board at ... / with sb to live and take meals in sb's home, in return for payment :

She always had one or two students boarding with her.

4.

[ v ] to live at a school during the school year

PHRASAL VERBS

- board sb out

- board sth up

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WORD ORIGIN

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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.