rd) KEY NOUN:
- A long flat slab of sawed lumber; a plank.
- A flat piece of wood or similarly rigid material adapted for a special use.
- Games A flat surface on which a game is played.
- The hard cover of a book.
- boards A theater stage.
- A table, especially one set for serving food.
- Food or meals considered as a whole: board and lodging.
- A table at which official meetings are held; a council table.
- An organized body of administrators or investigators: a board of trustees; a board of directors.
- An electrical-equipment panel.
- Computer Science A circuit board.
- A scoreboard.
- A tote board.
- boards The wooden structure enclosing an ice hockey rink.
- A diving board.
- A surfboard.
- A snowboard.
- A backboard.
- A rebound.
- The side of a ship.
- A leeboard.
- A centerboard.
- Obsolete A border or an edge.
- A usually large, vertically positioned flat surface used for writing or posting, especially:
- A blackboard.
- A bulletin board.
, boards VERB: tr.
- To cover or close with boards: board up a broken window.
- To furnish with meals in return for pay.
- To house where board is furnished: board a horse at a stable.
- To enter or go aboard (a vehicle or ship).
- To allow (passengers) on board.
- Nautical To come alongside (a ship).
- Sports To force (an opposing hockey player) into the boards with a body check.
- Obsolete To approach.
IDIOMS: across the board
- To receive meals or food and lodging as a paying customer.
- So as to affect or include all people, classes, or categories: raised taxes across the board.
- On the job.
Middle English bord
, from Old English