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board    : [b'ɔrd]
Board \Board\ (b[=o]rd), v. i.
To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for
compensation; as, he boards at the hotel.
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We are several of us, gentlemen and ladies, who board
in the same house. --Spectator.
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Board \Board\, v. t. [F. aborder. See {Abord}, v. t.]
To approach; to accost; to address; hence, to woo. [Obs.]
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I will board her, though she chide as loud
As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack. --Shak.
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Board \Board\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Boarded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To cover with boards or boarding; as, to board a house.
"The boarded hovel." --Cowper.
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2. [Cf. {Board} to accost, and see {Board}, n.] To go on
board of, or enter, as a ship, whether in a hostile or a
friendly way.
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You board an enemy to capture her, and a stranger to
receive news or make a communication. --Totten.
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3. To enter, as a railway car. [Colloq. U. S.]
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4. To furnish with regular meals, or with meals and lodgings,
for compensation; to supply with daily meals.
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5. To place at board, for compensation; as, to board one's
horse at a livery stable.
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Board \Board\ (b[=o]rd), n. [OE. bord, AS. bord board,
shipboard; akin to bred plank, Icel. bor[eth] board, side of
a ship, Goth. f[=o]tu-baurd footstool, D. bord board, G.
brett, bort. See def. 8. [root]92.]
1. A piece of timber sawed thin, and of considerable length
and breadth as compared with the thickness, -- used for
building, etc.
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Note: When sawed thick, as over one and a half or two inches,
it is usually called a plank.
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2. A table to put food upon.
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Note: The term board answers to the modern table, but it was
often movable, and placed on trestles. --Halliwell.
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Fruit of all kinds . . .
She gathers, tribute large, and on the board
Heaps with unsparing hand. --Milton.
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3. Hence: What is served on a table as food; stated meals;
provision; entertainment; -- usually as furnished for pay;
as, to work for one's board; the price of board.
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4. A table at which a council or court is held. Hence: A
council, convened for business, or any authorized assembly
or meeting, public or private; a number of persons
appointed or elected to sit in council for the management
or direction of some public or private business or trust;
as, the Board of Admiralty; a board of trade; a board of
directors, trustees, commissioners, etc.
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Both better acquainted with affairs than any other
who sat then at that board. --Clarendon.
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We may judge from their letters to the board.
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5. A square or oblong piece of thin wood or other material
used for some special purpose, as, a molding board; a
board or surface painted or arranged for a game; as, a
chessboard; a backgammon board.
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6. Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers,
etc.; pasteboard; as, to bind a book in boards.
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7. pl. The stage in a theater; as, to go upon the boards, to
enter upon the theatrical profession.
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8. [In this use originally perh. a different word meaning
border, margin; cf. D. boord, G. bord, shipboard, and G.
borte trimming; also F. bord (fr. G.) the side of a ship.
Cf. {Border}.] The border or side of anything. (Naut.)
(a) The side of a ship. "Now board to board the rival
vessels row." --Dryden. See {On board}, below.
(b) The stretch which a ship makes in one tack.
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Note: Board is much used adjectively or as the last part of a
compound; as, fir board, clapboard, floor board,
shipboard, sideboard, ironing board, chessboard,
cardboard, pasteboard, seaboard; board measure.
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{The American Board}, a shortened form of "The American Board
of Commissioners for Foreign Missions" (the foreign
missionary society of the American Congregational

{Bed and board}. See under {Bed}.

{Board and board} (Naut.), side by side.

{Board of control}, six privy councilors formerly appointed
to superintend the affairs of the British East Indies.

{Board rule}, a figured scale for finding without calculation
the number of square feet in a board. --Haldeman.

{Board of trade}, in England, a committee of the privy
council appointed to superintend matters relating to
trade. In the United States, a body of men appointed for
the advancement and protection of their business
interests; a chamber of commerce.

{Board wages}.
(a) Food and lodging supplied as compensation for
services; as, to work hard, and get only board wages.
(b) Money wages which are barely sufficient to buy food
and lodging.
(c) A separate or special allowance of wages for the
procurement of food, or food and lodging. --Dryden.

{By the board}, over the board, or side. "The mast went by
the board." --Totten. Hence (Fig.),

{To go by the board}, to suffer complete destruction or

{To enter on the boards}, to have one's name inscribed on a
board or tablet in a college as a student. [Cambridge,
England.] "Having been entered on the boards of Trinity
college." --Hallam.

{To make a good board} (Naut.), to sail in a straight line
when close-hauled; to lose little to leeward.

{To make short boards}, to tack frequently.

{On board}.
(a) On shipboard; in a ship or a boat; on board of; as, I
came on board early; to be on board ship.
(b) In or into a railway car or train. [Colloq. U. S.]

{Returning board}, a board empowered to canvass and make an
official statement of the votes cast at an election.
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n 1: a committee having supervisory powers; "the board has seven
2: a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of
sizes and used for many purposes [synonym: {board}, {plank}]
3: a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose; "he
nailed boards across the windows"
4: food or meals in general; "she sets a fine table"; "room and
board" [synonym: {board}, {table}]
5: a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to
public view [synonym: {display panel}, {display board}, {board}]
6: a table at which meals are served; "he helped her clear the
dining table"; "a feast was spread upon the board" [synonym:
{dining table}, {board}]
7: electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that
contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other
electrical devices; "he checked the instrument panel";
"suddenly the board lit up like a Christmas tree" [synonym:
{control panel}, {instrument panel}, {control board},
{board}, {panel}]
8: a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots
in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities [synonym:
{circuit board}, {circuit card}, {board}, {card}, {plug-in},
9: a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for
board games; "he got out the board and set up the pieces"
[synonym: {board}, {gameboard}]
v 1: get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)
[synonym: {board}, {get on}] [ant: {get off}]
2: live and take one's meals at or in; "she rooms in an old
boarding house" [synonym: {board}, {room}]
3: lodge and take meals (at)
4: provide food and lodging (for); "The old lady is boarding
three men"

396 Moby Thesaurus words for "board":
American Stock Exchange, Amex, Areopagus, British Cabinet,
C ration, K ration, L, R, Sanhedrin, US Cabinet, Wall Street,
aboard, accommodate, accommodation, accommodations, acting area,
advisers, advisory body, allotment, allowance, ambo, apron,
apron stage, assembly, association, back, backstage, band shell,
bandstand, bank, bar, beam, bed, bed and board, bench, bestow,
bestraddle, bestride, billet, board and room, board of directors,
board of regents, board of trustees, boarding, body of advisers,
boom, border, bordure, borough council, bourse, brain trust, bread,
bread and butter, break bread with, breakfast, brick, bridge, brim,
brink, brow, buffet, cabinet, cadre, camarilla, care for,
cast loose, chamber, cheer, cherish, city council,
clap on ratlines, clapboard, clear hawse, climb on, coast,
college board, comestibles, committee, commodity exchange,
common council, commons, conference, congress,
consultative assembly, cook out, cord, cordwood, corn pit,
coulisse, council, council fire, council of ministers,
council of state, council of war, counter, county council, court,
creature comfort, cuisine, curb, curb exchange, curb market, curia,
cut loose, daily bread, deal, deliberative assembly, desk, diet,
dine, dine out, dinner, directorate, directors, directorship,
directory, divan, dock, domicile, dressing room, driftwood, eat,
eat out, eatables, edge, edibles, embark, embark on, embus,
emergency rations, emplane, enplane, enter, entertain,
entertainment, entrain, escalade, escritoire, exchange,
exchange floor, executive arm, executive committee,
executive hierarchy, face, facilities, fare, fast food, feast,
featheredge, feed, field rations, firewood, flange, flies,
fly floor, fly gallery, fodder, food, food and drink, foodstuff,
footlights, forage, foray, forestage, forum, frame, fringe,
furnish accommodations, get in, get on, glass, glaze, go aboard,
go on board, go on shipboard, governing board, governing body,
grass, gratify, graze, greenroom, grid, gridiron, hardwood, haul,
haul down, health food, heave, heave apeak, heave round,
heave short, hem, hop in, house, hut, infrastructure, ingesta,
inquisition, inroad, interlocking directorate, inundate, invade,
judicatory, judicature, judiciary, jump in, junk food, junta,
kedge, keep, kitchen cabinet, kitchen stuff, labellum, labium,
labrum, lath, lathing, lathwork, lay, lay aloft, lectern, ledge,
legislature, lightboard, limb, limbus, lip, list, live, lodge,
lodgings, log, lumber, lunch, mahogany, make a raid,
make an inroad, management, marge, margin, meal, meals, meat, mess,
mess with, mount, nurture, on, on board, orchestra, orchestra pit,
outside market, over-the-counter market, overwhelm, panel,
panelboard, paneling, panelwork, paper, parish council, pasture,
performing area, picnic, pile in, pit, plank, planking, plyboard,
plywood, pole, post, privy council, proscenium, proscenium stage,
provender, provision, provisions, puncheon, put to sea, put up,
quarter, quotation board, ragged edge, raid, rations, ratline down,
refection, refreshment, regale, regalement, repas, repast, revet,
rim, room, satisfy, scale, school board, secretaire, secretary,
selvage, shake, sheathe, sheathing, sheathing board, sheeting,
shell, shingle, shore, short commons, side, sideboard, sideline,
siding, skirt, slab, slat, slate, softwood, soviet, spar down,
splat, spread, staff, stage, stage left, stage right, stand, stave,
stay, steering committee, stick, stick of wood, stock exchange,
stock market, stock ticker, stone, storm, stovewood,
stream the log, subsistence, sup, sustain, sustenance, switchboard,
syndicate, synod, table, take by storm, take ship,
telephone market, tend, thatch, the Big Board, the Exchange,
the Inquisition, the administration, the boards, the brass,
the executive, the people upstairs, the stage, theater,
third market, three-by-four, ticker, ticker tape, tile, timber,
timbering, timberwork, top brass, traverse a yard, treat, tribunal,
trustees, tucker, two-by-four, unlash, veneer, verge, viands,
victuals, vittles, wall in, wall up, wallpaper, warp, weatherboard,
weigh anchor, wheat pit, wine and dine, wings, wood, workbench,
writing table

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