What does Board mean?

Definitions for Board
bɔrd, boʊrdboard

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Board.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boardnoun

    a committee having supervisory powers

    "the board has seven members"

  2. board, planknoun

    a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes

  3. boardnoun

    a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose

    "he nailed boards across the windows"

  4. board, tablenoun

    food or meals in general

    "she sets a fine table"; "room and board"

  5. display panel, display board, boardnoun

    a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view

  6. dining table, boardnoun

    a table at which meals are served

    "he helped her clear the dining table"; "a feast was spread upon the board"

  7. control panel, instrument panel, control board, board, panelnoun

    electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices

    "he checked the instrument panel"; "suddenly the board lit up like a Christmas tree"

  8. circuit board, circuit card, board, card, plug-in, add-innoun

    a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities

  9. board, gameboardverb

    a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games

    "he got out the board and set up the pieces"

  10. board, get onverb

    get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)

  11. board, roomverb

    live and take one's meals at or in

    "she rooms in an old boarding house"

  12. boardverb

    lodge and take meals (at)

  13. boardverb

    provide food and lodging (for)

    "The old lady is boarding three men"


  1. boardnoun

    A relatively long, wide and thin piece of sawn wood or similar material, usually intended for use in construction.

  2. boardnoun

    A device (e.g., switchboard) containing electrical switches and other controls and designed to control lights, sound, telephone connections, etc.

  3. boardnoun

    Short for blackboard, whiteboard, chessboard, surfboard, etc.

  4. boardnoun

    A committee that manages the business of an organization, e.g., a board of directors.

    We have to wait to hear back from the board.

  5. boardnoun

    Regular meals or the amount paid for them in a place of lodging.

    Room and board

  6. boardnoun

    The side of a ship.

  7. boardnoun

    The distance a sailing vessel runs between tacks when working to windward

  8. boardnoun

    A rebound.

  9. boardnoun

    The wall that surrounds an ice hockey rink, often in plural.

  10. boardverb

    To step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship, aircraft, train or other conveyance.

    It is time to board the aircraft.

  11. boardverb

    To provide someone with meals and lodging, usually in exchange for money.

  12. boardverb

    To receive meals and lodging in exchange for money.

  13. boardverb

    To capture an enemy ship by going alongside and grappling her, then invading her with a boarding party

  14. boardverb

    To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation

  15. boardverb

    To approach (someone); to make advances to, accost.

  16. boardverb

    To hit (someone) with a wooden board.

  17. boardnoun

    A long, narrow table, like that used in a medieval dining hall.

  18. Etymology: bord, bord, from burdan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BOARDnoun

    Etymology: baurd, Goth. bræd, Saxon.

    With the saw they have sundred trees in boards and planks. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    Every house has a board over the door, whereon is written the number, sex, and quality of the persons living in it. William Temple.

    Go now, go trust the wind’s uncertain breath,
    Remov’d four fingers from approaching death;
    Or seven at most, when thickest is the board. John Dryden, Juv.

    Soon after which, three hundred lords he slew,
    Of British blood, all fitting at his board. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    In bed he slept not, for my urging it;
    At board he fed not, for my urging it. William Shakespeare, Com. of Err.

    I’ll follow thee in fun’ral flames; when dead,
    My ghost shall thee attend at board and bed. John Denham.

    Cleopatra made Antony a supper, which was sumptuous and royal; howbeit there was no extraordinary service upon the board. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    May ev’ry god his friendly aid afford;
    Pan guard thy flock, and Ceres bless thy board. Matthew Prior.

    Both better acquainted with affairs, than any other who sat then at that board. Edward Hyde.

    I wish the king would be pleased sometimes to be present at that board, it adds a majesty to it. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Now board to board the rival vessels row,
    The billows lave the skies, and ocean groans below. Dryd.

    Our captain thought his ship in so great danger, that he confessed himself to a capuchin, who was on board. Addison.

    He ordered his men to arm long poles with sharp hooks, wherewith they took hold of the tackling, which held the mainyard to the mast of their enemy’s ship; then, rowing their own ship, they cut the tackling, and brought the mainyard by the board. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

  2. To Boardverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I boarded the king’s ship: now on the beak,
    Now in the waste, the deck, in every cabin,
    I flam’d amazement. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Yet not inclin’d the English ship to board,
    More on his guns relies than on his sword,
    From whence a fatal volley we receiv’d;
    It miss’d the duke; but his great heart it griev’d. Edmund Waller.

    Arm, arm, she cry’d, and let our Tyrians board.
    With our’s his fleet, and carry fire and sword. John Denham.

    Whom thus at gaze, the Palmer ’gan to board
    With goodly reason, and thus fair bespake. Fairy Q. b. ii.

    Away, I do beseech you, both away;
    I’ll board him presently. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Sure, unless he knew some strain in me, that I knew not myself, he would never have boarded me in this fury. William Shakespeare.

    They learn what associates and correspondents they had, and how far every one is engaged, and what new ones they meant afterwards to try or board. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Having thus boarded the whole room, the edges of some boards lie higher than the next board; therefore they peruse the whole floor; and, where they find any irregularities, plane them off. Joseph Moxon, Mechanical Exercises.

  3. To Boardverb

    To place as a boarder in another’s house.

  4. To Boardverb

    To live in a house, where a certain rate is paid for eating.

    That we might not part,
    As we at first did board with thee,
    Now thou wouldst taste our misery. George Herbert.

    We are several of us, gentlemen and ladies, who board in the same house; and, after dinner, one of our company stands up, and reads your paper to us all. Spectator, №. 961.


  1. board

    Board International S.A. is a Business Intelligence (BI) and Corporate Performance Management (CPM) software vendor known for its Board tool kit. The company was based in Chiasso, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1994, and Boston, Massachusetts.Board International now operates in 19 countries, with around 3,000 customers from a number of variety of industries,


  1. board

    A board is a long, thin, flat piece of wood or other hard material, used for various purposes such as construction, flooring, or crafting. It can also refer to a group of people who are collectively responsible for the governance or management of an organization, such as a board of directors. In games, it refers to the flat surface or device on which the game is played, like a chessboard. The term "board" can also be used to refer to meals, or room and board, in certain contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boardnoun

    a piece of timber sawed thin, and of considerable length and breadth as compared with the thickness, -- used for building, etc

  2. Boardnoun

    a table to put food upon

  3. Boardnoun

    hence: What is served on a table as food; stated meals; provision; entertainment; -- usually as furnished for pay; as, to work for one's board; the price of board

  4. Boardnoun

    a table at which a council or court is held. Hence: A council, convened for business, or any authorized assembly or meeting, public or private; a number of persons appointed or elected to sit in council for the management or direction of some public or private business or trust; as, the Board of Admiralty; a board of trade; a board of directors, trustees, commissioners, etc

  5. Boardnoun

    a square or oblong piece of thin wood or other material used for some special purpose, as, a molding board; a board or surface painted or arranged for a game; as, a chessboard; a backgammon board

  6. Boardnoun

    paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers, etc.; pasteboard; as, to bind a book in boards

  7. Boardnoun

    the stage in a theater; as, to go upon the boards, to enter upon the theatrical profession

  8. Boardnoun

    the border or side of anything

  9. Boardnoun

    the side of a ship

  10. Boardnoun

    the stretch which a ship makes in one tack

  11. Boardverb

    to cover with boards or boarding; as, to board a house

  12. Boardnoun

    to go on board of, or enter, as a ship, whether in a hostile or a friendly way

  13. Boardnoun

    to enter, as a railway car

  14. Boardnoun

    to furnish with regular meals, or with meals and lodgings, for compensation; to supply with daily meals

  15. Boardnoun

    to place at board, for compensation; as, to board one's horse at a livery stable

  16. Boardverb

    to obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation; as, he boards at the hotel

  17. Boardverb

    to approach; to accost; to address; hence, to woo


  1. Board

    Boards are a basic component of many buildings. They are fashioned by cutting wood in a Wood Plane or Carpentry Bench. They require the Carpentry skill to produce. With the Wood Treatment tech, ordinary boards can be treated in a Wood Treatment Tank to imbue them with specific characteristics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Board

    bōrd, n. a broad and thin strip of timber: a table to put food on: food: a table round which persons meet for some kind of business: any council or authorised body of men, as a 'school-board:' the deck of a ship: (pl.) the stage: a kind of thick stiff paper, as in pasteboard, Bristol-board, esp. that used in the binding of books.—v.t. to cover with boards: to supply with food at fixed terms: to enter a ship: to attack.—v.i. to receive food or take meals.—ns. Board′er, one who receives board (food): one who boards a ship; Board′ing, the act of covering with boards: the covering itself: act of boarding a ship; Board′ing-house, a house where boarders are kept; Board′ing-pike, a pike used in boarding a ship, or in defending it when attacked; Board′ing-school, a school in which board is given as well as instruction; Board′-school, a school under control of a school-board, as elected by the Elementary Education Act of 1870.—n.pl. Board′-wā′ges, wages allowed to servants to keep themselves in food.—Above board, openly.—By the board, over the board or side of a ship—hence, To go by the board, to be lost or destroyed.—To sweep the board, to take all the cards. [A.S. bord, a board, the side of a ship; Ice. borð, the side of a ship: conn. either with Bear or with Broad.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. board

    1. In-context synonym for bboard; sometimes used even for Usenet newsgroups (but see usage note under bboard, sense 1). 2. An electronic circuit board.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. board

    An organized group of individuals within a joint force commander

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. BOARD

    An implement for administering corporal punishment, used by mothers and land-ladies. "The Festive Board" may be a shingle, a hair-brush a fish-hash breakfast or a stewed prune supper.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. board

    Certain offices under the control of the executive government, where the business of any particular department is carried on: as the Board of Admiralty, the Navy Board, Board of Ordnance, India Board, Board of Trade, &c. Also, timber sawn to a less thickness than plank: all broad stuff of under 1-1/2 inch in thickness. (See PLANK.) Also, the space comprehended between any two places when the ship changes her course by tacking; or, it is the line over which she runs between tack and tack when working to windward, or sailing against the direction of the wind.--To make a good board. To sail in a straight line when close-hauled, without deviating to leeward.--To make short boards, is to tack frequently before the ship has run any great length of way.--To make a stern board, is when by a current, or any other accident, the vessel comes head to wind, the helm is shifted, and she has fallen back on the opposite tack, losing what she had gained, instead of having advanced beyond it. To make a stern board is frequently a very critical as well as seamanlike operation, as in very close channels. The vessel is allowed to run up into the wind until she has shot up to the weather danger; the helm is then shifted, and with all aback forward, she falls short off on the opposite tack. Such is also achieved at anchor in club-hauling (which see).--To board a ship, is to enter her in a hostile manner in order to take forcible possession of her, either from the attacking ship or by armed boats. The word board has various other applications among seamen:--To go aboard signifies to go into the ship.--To slip by the board, is to slip down a ship's side.--To board it up, is to beat up, sometimes on one tack and sometimes on another.--The weather-board is the side of the ship which is to windward.--By the board, close to a ship's deck.

Editors Contribution

  1. board

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The are various types of boards eg blackboard, chalkboard, surf board, etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

  2. board

    An organized group of people with an accurate and specific role, responsibility, goals, objectives, rules strategy, structure, vision and purpose.

    The board of governors had a great meeting and all were delighted.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 25, 2020  

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  1. Board

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BOARD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Board is ranked #8388 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Board surname appeared 3,946 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Board.

    71.9% or 2,839 total occurrences were White.
    21% or 829 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 126 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.6% or 105 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 34 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 13 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Board' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #754

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Board' in Written Corpus Frequency: #813

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Board' in Nouns Frequency: #239

Anagrams for Board »

  1. abord

  2. broad

  3. dobra

  4. bardo

  5. dorab

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Board in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Board in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Board in a Sentence

  1. Andrew LeSueur:

    The most important thing the candidate heard from the CEO was,' I've got your back. The status quo will blunt the impact we need you to have and I'm personally accountable for your success to the board and the shareholders,'.

  2. Diane Deans:

    The OPS( Ottawa Police Services Board) has been unable to adequately enforce our laws and our residents continue to be terrorized, it isn't good enough.

  3. Lynn Dickinson:

    The Board of Trustees of the Vermont State College System (VSCS) approved a motion to support and adopt the Anti-Racism pledge proposed by the Student Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, as recommended by the Board's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, the pledge is voluntary for VSCS Board members, administrators, faculty, staff, and students, and asks our community members to foster safe, diverse, and inclusive campuses for all people who are part of, and interact with, the VSCS.

  4. Chief Executive George Scangos:

    There was no effect at all, we've gone back to the drawing board.

  5. Modern African Art Giles Peppiatt:

    The market for modern and contemporary African art is extremely strong, there has been a huge revival of interest in Nigerian art and modern African art across the board.

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Translations for Board

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  • таҡтаBashkir
  • дъска́, съвет, качвам се на борда, мантинела, табло, борд, взимам на абордаж, табло́Bulgarian
  • prkno, deska, tabuleCzech
  • bestyrelseDanish
  • Brett, Gremium, an Bord gehen, einsteigen, entern, Pult, Tafel, Schlag, beherbergenGerman
  • πίνακας, επιτροπή, σανίδα, συμβούλιο, διατροφή, σίτισηGreek
  • tabuloEsperanto
  • tablero, tabla, comité, junta, pizarra, pizarrón, embarcar, buró, abordar, consejo, bordoSpanish
  • tahvelEstonian
  • تخته, پول غذا و مکان, هیئتPersian
  • halssi, lauta, levypallo, ruoka, kytkintaulu, taulu, majoittaa, majoittua, levy, hallitus, johtokunta, lautakunta, kylki, legi, luovi, laita, sähkötaulu, nousta, entrataFinnish
  • planche, compteur, aborder, tableau, plateau, conseil d'administration, embarquerFrench
  • clárIrish
  • oastys, aaghtManx
  • לוּחַHebrew
  • मंडलHindi
  • felszáll, élelmezHungarian
  • 板, ホワイトボード, 委員会, 乗り込む, 宿泊料金, 黒板Japanese
  • ფიცარიGeorgian
  • ته‌خته‌Kurdish
  • такта, стол, кемеге отурKyrgyz
  • dēlis, borts, tāfeleLatvian
  • papa, eke, papatuhituhi, poariMāori
  • പലകMalayalam
  • papanMalay
  • logement, paneel, bord, instappen, logies verschaffen, enteren, plank, controlebord, aan boord gaan, opstappen, raad, logerenDutch
  • brett, entre, gå ombord, bord, vant, borde, planke, tavle, styre, losjere, panelNorwegian
  • tábua, rebatida, painel de controle, quadro, embarcar, hospedar, conselho, comitê, diária, taco, despesa, lousa, [[hospedar]]-[[se]], bordo, juntaPortuguese
  • scândurăRomanian
  • сесть, правле́ние, комите́т, столова́ться, [[идти́]] [[на]] [[аборда́ж]], доска́, стол, стенд, панель, сове́т, руково́дство, [[подня́ться]]/[[поднима́ться]] [[на]] [[бо́рт]], колле́гия, [[предоставля́ть]] [[пансио́н]], пала́та, борт, коммута́тор, сади́ться, таблоRussian
  • odbor, komitetSerbo-Croatian
  • dhogëAlbanian
  • tavla, styrelse, gå ombord, borda, äntra, bräda, skiva, nämnd, inackorderaSwedish
  • baoSwahili
  • సమితి, నల్లబల్ల, తెల్లబల్ల, బోర్డు, చెక్కబల్లTelugu
  • borda, tahta, bordalamakTurkish
  • bảngVietnamese
  • ברעטYiddish
  • Chinese

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