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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.

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. aborad

  2. abroad

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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. Leonardo da Vinci, The Wisdom of Leonardo da Vinci:

    Those who become enamored of practices without science are like sailors who go aboard ship without a rudder and compass, for they are never certain where they will land.

  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. The Marine:

    Data collected and lessons learned during OT-1 will lay the groundwork for F-35B deployments aboard U.S. Navy amphibious carriers now that the U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability (IOC) on July 31, 2015.

  4. David Herro:

    They came in person, they went around saying: 'This is what we are thinking of doing, are you aboard?' My view was that this is the worst thing. It is like going to the doctor: you don't want to hear you want to raise equity. But as much as the medicine tasted bitter, I really think it was the right thing to do. They hadn't expected the price of these commodities to fall as aggressively as they had, and they would rather be safe than sorry. I couldn't argue with that.

  5. Jim Bridenstine:

    The station's design requires humans living aboard to maintain it, operate it, and upgrade it ; thus, International Space Station operations, including commercial resupply and commercial crew, are essential to the mission.

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    joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
    • A. mitre
    • B. snap
    • C. vigorish
    • D. arborolatry

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