board

A board is a plank or surface, sometimes having buttons or controls. You can cut vegetables on a cutting board, post a flyer on a bulletin board, or cause a power outage on a circuit board.

The word board frequently finds itself as half of a compound word where the action takes place: You stand on a surfboard, type at a keyboard, or lose on a checkerboard. You can also sit on a board, meaning a team, of directors, or board, meaning stay, at a hotel. If you want to leave your hotel, you may board, or climb onto, your hovercraft. Remember: Being stiff as a board is not the same as being bored stiff.

Definitions of board
  1. noun
    a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
    synonyms: plank
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    matchboard
    a board that has a groove cut into one edge and a tongue cut into the other so they fit tightly together (as in a floor)
    skid
    one of a pair of planks used to make a track for rolling or sliding objects
    strake, wale
    thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
    chipboard, hardboard
    a cheap hard material made from wood chips that are pressed together and bound with synthetic resin
    deal
    a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
    garboard, garboard plank, garboard strake
    the first wale laid next to the keel of a wooden ship
    gun rest, gunnel, gunwale
    wale at the top of the side of boat; topmost planking of a wooden vessel
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    lumber, timber
    the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
  2. noun
    a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
    “he nailed boards across the windows”
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    aquaplane
    a board that is pulled by a speedboat as a person stands on it and skims over the top of the water
    bread board, breadboard
    a wooden or plastic board on which dough is kneaded or bread is sliced
    bulletin board, notice board
    a board that hangs on a wall; displays announcements
    chopping board, cutting board
    a wooden board where meats or vegetables can be cut
    drafting board, drawing board
    a smooth board on which paper is placed for making drawings
    drainboard, draining board
    a board beside a kitchen sink and inclined to drain into the sink
    floor board, floorboard
    a board in the floor
    ironing board
    narrow padded board on collapsible supports; used for ironing clothes
    kneeler
    a board (sometimes cushioned) for someone to kneel on
    hawk, mortarboard
    a square board with a handle underneath; used by masons to hold or carry mortar
    palette, pallet
    board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used
    planchette
    a triangular board supported on casters; when lightly touched with the fingertips it is supposed to spell out supernatural (or unconscious) messages
    scoreboard
    a large board for displaying the score of a contest (and some other information)
    sideboard
    a board that forms part of the side of a bed or crib
    sideboard
    a removable board fitted on the side of a wagon to increase its capacity
    skateboard
    a board with wheels that is ridden in a standing or crouching position and propelled by foot
    snowboard
    a board that resembles a broad ski or a small surfboard; used in a standing position to slide down snow-covered slopes
    springboard
    a flexible board for jumping upward
    surfboard
    a narrow buoyant board for riding surf
    trencher
    a wooden board or platter on which food is served or carved
    wake board, wakeboard
    a buoyant board (resembling a surfboard) that is used to ride over water while being pulled behind a motorboat
    dry wall, drywall, wallboard
    a wide flat board used to cover walls or partitions; made from plaster or wood pulp or other materials and used primarily to form the interior walls of houses
    work-board, workboard
    a horizontal board that provides a supported surface for manual work
    beaver board
    a light wallboard made of compressed wood pulp
    call-board
    a bulletin board backstage in a theater
    diving board
    a springboard from which swimmers can dive
    fiberboard, fibreboard, particle board
    wallboard composed of wood chips or shavings bonded together with resin and compressed into rigid sheets
    gypsum board, plasterboard
    wallboard with a gypsum plaster core bonded to layers of paper or fiberboard; used instead of plaster or wallboard to make interior walls
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    flat solid, sheet
    a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
  3. noun
    a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games
    “he got out the board and set up the pieces”
    synonyms: gameboard
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    backgammon board
    the board on which backgammon is played
    checker board, checkerboard
    a board having 64 squares of two alternating colors
    cribbage board
    a board with pegs and regularly spaced holes for holding the pegs; used for keeping the score in a game of cribbage
    dart board, dartboard
    a circular board of wood or cork used as the target in the game of darts
    go board
    a board used for playing go
    monopoly board
    a board used for playing monopoly
    Ouija, Ouija board
    a board with the alphabet on it; used with a planchette to spell out supernatural messages
    pegboard
    a board perforated with regularly spaced holes into which pegs can be fitted
    punchboard
    a small board full of holes; each hole contains a slip of paper with symbols printed on it; a gambler pays a small sum for the privilege of pushing out a slip in the hope of obtaining one that entitles him to a prize
    chess board, chessboard
    a checkerboard used to play chess
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    surface
    the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
  4. noun
    a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view
    synonyms: display board, display panel
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    big board
    the large display board at the New York Stock Exchange that reports on stocks traded on the exchange
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    display, video display
    an electronic device that represents information in visual form
  5. noun
    electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices
    “suddenly the board lit up like a Christmas tree”
    synonyms: control board, control panel, instrument panel, panel
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    dashboard, fascia
    instrument panel on an automobile or airplane containing dials and controls
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    electrical device
    a device that produces or is powered by electricity
  6. noun
    a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities
    synonyms: add-in, card, circuit board, circuit card, plug-in
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    CPU board, mother board
    the main circuit board for a computer
    PC board
    a removable circuit board for a personal computer; fits into a slot in the mother board
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    printed circuit
    computer circuit consisting of an electronic sub-assembly; copper conductors are laminated on an insulating board or card and circuit components are inserted into holes and dip soldered
  7. noun
    a table at which meals are served
    “a feast was spread upon the board
    synonyms: dining table
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    dining-room table
    dining-room furniture consisting of a table on which meals can be served
    dinner table
    the dining table where dinner is served and eaten
    high table
    a dining table in a dining-hall raised on a platform; seats are reserved for distinguished persons
    refectory table
    a long narrow dining table supported by a stretcher between two trestles
    triclinium
    a dining table with couches along three sides in ancient Rome
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    table
    a piece of furniture with tableware for a meal laid out on it
  8. noun
    food or meals in general
    “room and board
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    training table
    planned meals for athletes in training (usually served in a mess hall)
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    fare
    the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed
  9. verb
    lodge and take meals (at)
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    habituate, use
    take or consume (regularly or habitually)
  10. verb
    live and take one's meals at or in
    synonyms: room
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    dwell, inhabit, live, populate
    inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
  11. verb
    provide food and lodging (for)
    “The old lady is boarding three men”
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    live in, sleep in
    live in the house where one works
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    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  12. verb
    get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)
    synonyms: get on
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    get off
    leave a vehicle, aircraft, etc.
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    embark, ship
    go on board
    entrain
    board a train
    catch
    reach in time
    get
    reach and board
    emplane, enplane
    board a plane
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    come in, enter, get in, get into, go in, go into, move into
    to come or go into
  13. noun
    a committee having supervisory powers
    “the board has seven members”
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    appeal board, appeals board, board of appeals
    a board of officials that are not judicial but are appointed to hear appeals
    board of selectmen
    a board of officials elected to administer the public business of a New England town
    Federal Reserve Board
    the seven-member board governing the Federal Reserve System
    governing board
    a board that manages the affairs of an institution
    board of directors, directorate
    a group of persons chosen to govern the affairs of a corporation or other large institution
    advisory board, planning board
    a board appointed to advise the chief administrator
    draft board
    a board to select personnel for involuntary military service
    board of education, school board
    a board in charge of local public schools
    zoning board
    a board of officials who divide an area into zones that are subject to different restrictions
    board of regents
    a committee of university officers who have general supervision over the welfare and conduct of students
    board of trustees
    a governing board elected or appointed to direct the policies of an educational institution
    staggered board of directors
    a board of directors a portion of whose members are elected each year instead of all members being elected annually
    cabinet
    persons appointed by a head of state to head executive departments of government and act as official advisers
    Kashag
    the advisory board of the Tibetan government-in-exile
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    commission, committee
    a special group delegated to consider some matter
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