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.

Primary Meanings of board

a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
a table at which meals are served
lodge and take meals (at)
get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)
a committee having supervisory powers
Full Definitions of board

n a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes

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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)
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
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

n a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose

“he nailed boards across the windows”
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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
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
a triangular board supported on casters; when lightly touched with the fingertips it is supposed to spell out supernatural (or unconscious) messages
a large board for displaying the score of a contest (and some other information)
a board that forms part of the side of a bed or crib
a removable board fitted on the side of a wagon to increase its capacity
a board with wheels that is ridden in a standing or crouching position and propelled by foot
a board that resembles a broad ski or a small surfboard; used in a standing position to slide down snow-covered slopes
a flexible board for jumping upward
a narrow buoyant board for riding surf
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
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

n a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games

“he got out the board and set up the pieces”
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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
a board perforated with regularly spaced holes into which pegs can be fitted
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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the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

n a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view

display board, display panel
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

n 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”
control board, control panel, instrument panel, panel
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

n a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities

add-in, card, circuit board, circuit card, plug-in
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

n a table at which meals are served

“a feast was spread upon the board
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
a dining table with couches along three sides in ancient Rome
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a piece of furniture with tableware for a meal laid out on it

n food or meals in general

“room and board
training table
planned meals for athletes in training (usually served in a mess hall)
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the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed

v lodge and take meals (at)

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habituate, use
take or consume (regularly or habitually)

v live and take one's meals at or in

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dwell, inhabit, live, populate
inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

v provide food and lodging (for)

“The old lady is boarding three men”
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

v get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)

get on
get off
leave a vehicle, aircraft, etc.
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embark, ship
go on board
board a train
reach in time
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

n 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
persons appointed by a head of state to head executive departments of government and act as official advisers
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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