board ( boards plural & 3rd person present) ( boarding present participle) ( boarded past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A board is a flat, thin, rectangular piece of wood or plastic which is used for a particular purpose.
usu n N
...a chopping board.
2 n-count A board is a square piece of wood or stiff cardboard that you use for playing games such as chess.
...a draughts board...
3 n-count You can refer to a blackboard or a noticeboard as a board.
He wrote a few more notes on the board.
4 n-count Boards are long flat pieces of wood which are used, for example, to make floors or walls.
The floor was draughty bare boards.
5 n-count Theboard of a company or organization is the group of people who control it and direct it. (BUSINESS) oft the N in sing
Arthur wants to put his recommendation before the board at a meeting tomorrow., ...the agenda for the September 12 board meeting.
board of directors
6 n-count Board is used in the names of various organizations which are involved in dealing with a particular kind of activity.
usu the n N
The Scottish Tourist Board said 33,000 Japanese visited Scotland last year., ...the US National Transportation Safety Board.
7 verb When you board a train, ship, or aircraft, you get on it in order to travel somewhere.
I boarded the plane bound for England. V n, Also V
8 n-uncount Board is the food which is provided when you stay somewhere, for example in a hotel.
Free room and board are provided for all hotel staff.
10 An arrangement or deal that is above board is legal and is being carried out honestly and openly.
above board phrase usu v-link PHR
All I knew about were Antony's own financial dealings, which were always above board.
11 If a policy or a situation applies across the board, it affects everything or everyone in a particular group.
across the board phrase usu PHR after v, PHR n
There are hefty charges across the board for one-way rental..., The President promised across-the-board tax cuts if re-elected.
12 If something goes by the board, it is rejected or ignored, or is no longer possible.
go by the board phrase V inflects
It's a case of not what you know but who you know in this world today and qualifications quite go by the board.
13 When you are on board a train, ship, or aircraft, you are on it or in it.
on board phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR, oft PHR n
They arrived at Gatwick airport on board a plane chartered by the Italian government..., ...a naval task force with two thousand marines on board.
14 If someone sweeps the board in a competition or election, they win nearly everything that it is possible to win.
sweep the board phrase V inflects
Spain swept the board in boys' team competitions.
15 If you take on board an idea or a problem, you begin to accept it or understand it.
take on board phrase V inflects I hope that they will take on board some of what you have said. board up phrasal verb If you board up a door or window, you fix pieces of wood over it so that it is covered up. Shopkeepers have boarded up their windows. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
boarded up adj Half the shops are boarded up on the estate's small shopping street.
board and lodging
If you are provided with board and lodging, you are provided with food and a place to sleep, especially as part of the conditions of a job. n-uncount
You get a big salary incentive and free board and lodging too.
board game ( board games plural ) , board-game A board game is a game such as chess or backgammon, which people play by moving small objects around on a board. n-count
...a new board game played with dice.
board of directors ( boards of directors plural ) A company's board of directors is the group of people elected by its shareholders to manage the company. (BUSINESS) n-count
The Board of Directors has approved the decision unanimously.
bulletin board ( bulletin boards plural )
1 n-count A bulletin board is a board which is usually attached to a wall in order to display notices giving information about something.
in BRIT, use noticeboard
2 n-count In computing, a bulletin board is a system that enables users to send and receive messages of general interest. (COMPUTING)
The Internet is the largest computer bulletin board in the world.
chopping board ( chopping boards plural ) A chopping board is a wooden or plastic board that you chop meat and vegetables on.
in AM, usually use cutting board
circuit board ( circuit boards plural ) A circuit board is the same as a printed circuit board. n-count
cutting board ( cutting boards plural ) A cutting board is a wooden or plastic board that you chop meat and vegetables on.
in BRIT, usually use chopping board
diving board ( diving boards plural ) A diving board is a board high above a swimming pool from which people can dive into the water. n-count
draining board ( draining boards plural ) Thedraining board is the place on a sink unit where things such as cups, plates, and cutlery are put to drain after they have been washed.
(mainly BRIT) n-count usu the N in sing
in AM, usually use drainboard
draughts board ( draughts boards plural ) , draught board A draughts board is a square board for playing draughts, with 64 equal-sized, black and white squares.
in AM, use checkerboard
drawing board ( drawing boards plural )
in AM, use drawing-board
1 n-count A drawing board is a large flat board, often fixed to a metal frame so that it looks like a desk, on which you place your paper when you are drawing or designing something.
2 If you say that you will have to go back to the drawing board, you mean that something which you have done has not been successful and that you will have to start again or try another idea.
back to the drawing board phrase PHR after v
full board , full-board
If the price at a hotel includes full board, it includes all your meals.
(mainly BRIT) n-uncount
If you stay at a hotel and have half board, your breakfast and evening meal are included in the price of your stay at the hotel, but not your lunch.
(mainly BRIT) n-uncount
ironing board ( ironing boards plural ) An ironing board is a long narrow board covered with cloth on which you iron clothes. n-count
mortar board ( mortar boards plural ) , mortarboard A mortar board is a stiff black cap which has a flat square top with a bunch of threads attached to it. In Britain, mortar boards are sometimes worn on formal occasions by university students and teachers. In the United States, mortar boards are worn by students at graduation ceremonies at high schools, colleges, and universities. n-count
ouija board ( ouija boards plural ) A ouija board is a board with the letters of the alphabet written on it. It is used to ask questions which are thought to be answered by the spirits of dead people. n-count
printed circuit board ( printed circuit boards plural ) A printed circuit board is an electronic circuit in which some of the parts and connections consist of thin metal lines and shapes on a thin board. (TECHNICAL) n-count
review board ( review boards plural ) A review board is a group of people in authority who examine a situation or system to see if it should be improved, corrected, or changed. n-count
school board ( school boards plural ) A school board is a committee in charge of education in a particular city or area, or in a particular school, especially in the United States.
Colonel Richard Nelson served on the school board until this year.
skirting board ( skirting boards plural ) Skirting board or skirting is a narrow length of wood which goes along the bottom of a wall in a room and makes a border between the walls and the floor.
in AM, use baseboard
sounding board ( sounding boards plural ) If you use someone as a sounding board, you discuss your ideas with them in order to get another opinion. n-count
He needed a sounding board rather than thinking alone.