What does aboard mean?

Definitions for aboard
əˈbɔrd, əˈboʊrdaboard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aboard, on boardadverb

    on a ship, train, plane or other vehicle

  2. aboard, on baseadverb

    on first or second or third base

    "Their second homer with Bob Allison aboard"

  3. aboard, alongsideadverb

    side by side

    "anchored close aboard another ship"

  4. aboardadverb

    part of a group

    "Bill's been aboard for three years now"


  1. aboardadverb

    On board; into or within a ship or boat; hence, into or within a railway car.

    We all climbed aboard.

  2. aboardadverb


    The ships came close aboard to pass messages.

  3. aboardadverb

    On base.

    He doubled with two men aboard, scoring them both.

  4. aboardadverb

    Astride; with one leg on each side.

  5. aboardpreposition

    On board of; as, to go aboard a ship.

    We all went aboard the ship.

  6. aboardpreposition

    Across; athwart.

    Nor iron bands aboard The Pontic Sea by their huge navy cast. - Edmund Spenser

  7. Etymology: * First attested from late 14th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Aboardadverb

    a sea-term, but adopted into common language; In a ship.

    Etymology: derived immediately from the French à bord, as, aller à bord, envoyer à bord. Bord is itself a word of very doubtful original, and perhaps, in its different acceptations, deducible from different roots. Bord, in the ancient Saxon, signified a house; in which sense, to go aboard, is to take up residence in a ship.

    Which, when far off, Cymocles heard and saw,
    He loudly call’d to such as were aboard,
    The little bark unto the shore to draw,
    And him to ferry over that deep ford. Fairy Q. b. ii. cant. 6.

    I made this answer, that he might land them, if it pleased him, or otherwise keep them aboard. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    When morning rose, I sent my mates to bring
    Supplies of water from a neighb’ring spring;
    Whilst I the motions of the winds explor’d;
    Then summon’d in my crew, and went aboard. Joseph Addison, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, b. iii.


  1. aboard

    This list of ship directions provides succinct definitions for terms applying to spatial orientation in a marine environment or location on a vessel, such as fore, aft, astern, aboard, or topside.


  1. aboard

    Aboard refers to being on or within a vessel or vehicle such as a ship, aircraft, train, or bus. It can also mean joining or participating in a group or team. Generally, it indicates one's presence or participation in some kind of conveyance or group activity.

  2. aboard

    Aboard is a term used to refer to being on or within a vehicle such as a ship, airplane, train, or other means of transportation. It can also refer to being part of a team or group. It also means to enter or join a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.

  3. aboard

    Aboard refers to being on or within a vehicle, ship, aircraft or spacecraft. It can also refer to the act of getting into or onto such vehicles. It is often used to indicate that someone is situated in or has entered into a situation or experience as well.

  4. aboard

    Aboard refers to being on or inside a ship, airplane, train, or other vehicles. It can also mean being part of a group or team, often expressed as 'on board.'

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aboardadverb

    on board; into or within a ship or boat; hence, into or within a railway car

  2. Aboardadverb

    alongside; as, close aboard

  3. Aboard

    on board of; as, to go aboard a ship

  4. Aboard

    across; athwart

  5. Etymology: [Pref. a- on, in + board.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aboard

    a-bōrd′, adv. or prep. on board: in a ship, or in a train (Amer.). [Prep. a, on, and Board.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. aboard

    Inside or upon a ship; the act of residing afloat; to hug the land in approaching the shore.--To fall aboard of, is for one vessel to run foul of another.--To haul the tacks aboard, is to bring their weather clues down to the chess-tree, or literally, to set the courses.--To lay an enemy aboard, to run into or alongside.

Editors Contribution

  1. aboard

    Proceed onto a ship, ferry, train, bus, coach or other type of transport.

    They go aboard the ship and know the journey is easy and simple.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aboard in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aboard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of aboard in a Sentence

  1. Chase Dekker:

    I didn't even look at my camera, i just leaped up and was screaming to everyone aboard.

  2. Vital Muhini:

    It's unfortunate to find that people travel aboard a small boat and there is not even a manifest, with a heavy cargo of goods. The people had no life jackets,... which calls for the sanctions of all the perpetrators who contributed to this sinking.

  3. Scott Kelly:

    Scott's contributions to NASA are too many to name, in his year aboard the space station, he took part in experiments that will have far-reaching effects, helping us pave the way to putting humans on Mars and benefiting life on Earth.

  4. The Investigative Committee of Russia:

    The aircraft hit the ground and broke into pieces, according to preliminary data, there were 55 passengers aboard and 7 crew members. They all died.

  5. Alek Skarlatos:

    While I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time in August aboard a train bound for Paris, I only wish that the same could be said for today, i praise the first responders who were on the ground today in Roseburg as they undoubtedly were integral in saving numerous lives and putting a stop to what could have been more tragic than it is.

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