board1 W1S1 [bo:d US bo:rd] n
2¦(for putting things on)¦
3¦(group of people)¦
4¦(in names)¦
5¦(in building)¦
6 on board
8 go by the board
9¦(in water sports)¦
10 across the board
11 take something on board
14¦(sports area)¦
15 college/medical boards
[: Old English; Origin: bord]
a flat wide piece of wood, plastic etc that you can use to show information
on a board
The plan of the new building is displayed on a board at the back of the room.
I've put a list of names up on the board.
I'll check the departure board for train times.
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
Martha was chopping vegetables on a wooden board.
a chess board
3.) also Board
¦(GROUP OF PEOPLE)¦ [C also + plural verb]
BrE a group of people in a company or other organization who make the rules and important decisions
a board meeting
a board member
board of
The Board of Directors met yesterday.
There was disagreement among the agency's board of governors.
The decision was discussed and agreed at board level.
sit on a board/have a seat on a board
(=be a member of a board)
He gave up his seat on the board after 40 years.
4.) ¦(IN NAMES)¦
used in the name of some organizations
the New York State Board of Elections
the British Boxing Board of Control
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.
6.) on board
a) on a ship, plane, or spacecraft
= ↑aboard
There are 12 children on board the ship.
b) involved with something or working for an organization
Supporters of the treaty say that it will be necessary to have the United States on board.
He came on board in the late Sixties and spent two decades with the agency.
7.) ¦(MEALS)¦[U]
the meals that are provided for you when you pay to stay somewhere
In the nursing home she will have to pay for room and board .
The landlord provides board and lodging (=meals and a place to stay) .
8.) go by the board
if an idea, way of behaving, or plan goes by the board, it fails to happen, ends, or is no longer possible
It seems that loyalty has gone by the board.
a ↑surfboard or ↑sailboard
10.) across the board
if something happens or is done across the board, it affects everyone in a particular group, place etc
The changes will affect local authorities across the board.
We find jobs for people right across the board from chief executives to cleaners.
11.) 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.
13.) ¦(THEATRE)¦
the boards [plural]
the stage in a theatre
tread the boards attread1 (7)
14.) ¦(SPORTS AREA)¦
boards [plural] AmE
the low wooden wall around the area in which you play ↑ice hockey
15.) college/medical boards
AmE examinations that you take in the US when you formally ask to be accepted as a student at a college or medical school
→↑above board, diving board, drawing board, ironing board, sounding board,sweep the board atsweep1 (11)
board 2
board2 v
1.) [I and T] formal
to get on a bus, plane, train etc in order to travel somewhere
The couple boarded the train for New York.
Passengers were standing on the dock, waiting to board.
2.) be boarding
if a plane or ship is boarding, passengers are getting onto it
Olympic Airways Flight 172 to Istanbul is now boarding at Gate No. 37.
3.) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to stay in a room in someone's house that you pay for
Several students boarded with Mrs. Smith.
to stay at a school at night as well as during the day
Dickie was sent away to school as soon as he was old enough to board.
board out [board sth<=>out] [i]phr v
to pay money and arrange for an animal to stay somewhere
We'll have to board the cat out while we're away.
board up [board sth<=>up] phr v
to cover a window or door, or all the windows and doors of a building, with wooden boards
The shop was boarded up.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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