Definition of board noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɔːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔːrd//
    In school, Construction, Business people, Staying in a hotel
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    piece of wood, etc.
  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] 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 See related entries: Construction
  2. 2  [countable] (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. (British English) a noticeboard (North American English) 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, mood board See related entries: In school
  3. in water sports
  4. 3[countable] = bodyboard, sailboard, surfboard
  5. group of people
  6. 4  [countable + singular or plural verb] 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) (North American English) the Board of Education (= a group of elected officials who are in charge of all the public schools in a particular area) See related entries: Business people
  7. organization
  8. 5[countable] used in the name of some organizations the Welsh Tourist Board (= responsible for giving tourist information)
  9. meals
  10. 6[uncountable] 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 See related entries: Staying in a hotel
  11. exams
  12. 7boards [plural] (old-fashioned, US English) exams that you take when you apply to go to college in the US
  13. in theatre
  14. 8the boards [plural] (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).
  15. ice hockey
  16. 9the boards [plural] (North American English) the low wooden wall surrounding the area where a game of ice hockey is played The puck went wide, hitting the boards. There are many other compounds ending in board. You will find them at their place in the alphabet.
  17. Word OriginOld 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’.Extra examples She put her ideas to the board. She was promoted and offered a seat on the board. The issue has been discussed at board level. The project will go to the board for consideration. There’s a notice on the board. the company’s board of directors All boxers are examined by medical officers from the British Boxing Board of Control. Contact the Wales Tourist Board for further information. He became one of the first foreigners to be appointed to the board of a major Japanese company. He’s chairman of the BBC’s board of governors. The exams are set by the Cambridge Examining Board. The principal and the school board have been discussing ways of dealing with the problem. There have been discussions about the issue at board level.Idioms involving everyone or everything in a company, an industry, etc. The industry needs more investment across the board. an across-the-board wage increase (of plans or principles) to be rejected or ignored; to be no longer possible All her efforts to be polite went by the board and she started to shout.
    1. 1  on or in a ship, an aircraft or a train synonym aboard Have the passengers gone on board yet? See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
    2. 2  giving your support to an idea or a project We must get more sponsors on board. You need to bring the whole staff on board. It’s good to have you on board (= working with us) for this project. see also onboard
    to win all the prizes, etc. in a competition
    take something on board
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    to accept and understand an idea or a suggestion I told her what I thought, but she didn't take my advice on board.
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