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a. A long flat slab of sawed lumber; a plank.
b. A long flat slab of another material, used as a structural member.
2. A flat, rigid, often rectangular piece of material used as a surface upon which to work: a cutting board; an ironing board.
3. A flat piece of rigid material designed to display information, especially:
a. A blackboard.
b. A bulletin board.
c. A scoreboard.
d. A toteboard.
4. Sports
a. A flat piece of material designed or equipped to be ridden as a sport, especially a snowboard, skateboard, or surfboard.
b. A diving board.
c. A backboard.
5. A flat, rigid piece of material on which a game is played, such as a checkerboard or chessboard.
a. A table at which official meetings are held; a council table.
b. An organized body of administrators or investigators: a board of trustees; a board of directors.
a. A table, especially one set for serving food.
b. Food or meals considered as a whole: board and lodging.
8. boards
a. Sports The wooden structure enclosing an area for skating, such as the ice on which hockey is played, or enclosing a playing area, as for indoor soccer.
b. A theater stage.
9. Basketball A rebound.
a. An electrical-equipment panel.
b. Computers A circuit board.
11. Nautical
a. The side of a ship.
b. A leeboard.
c. A centerboard.
12. Obsolete A border or edge.
v. board·ed, board·ing, boards
1. To cover or close with boards: board up a broken window.
a. To furnish with meals in return for pay.
b. To house where board is furnished: board a horse at a stable.
a. To enter or go aboard (a vehicle or ship).
b. To allow (passengers) on board.
c. Nautical To come alongside (a ship).
4. Sports To force (an opposing hockey player) into the boards with a body check.
5. Obsolete To approach.
1. To receive meals or food and lodging as a paying customer.
2. Sports To use a snowboard, skateboard, surfboard, or similar item.
across the board
So as to affect or include all people, classes, or categories: raised taxes across the board.
on board
1. Aboard.
2. Ready to participate or be included; amenable: The entire class was on board for the excursion to the park.

[Middle English bord, from Old English.]
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Noun1.boards - the stage of a theater; "most actors love to stride the boards"
theater stage, theatre stage - a stage in a theater on which actors can perform
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
2.boards - the boarding that surrounds an ice hockey rinkboards - the boarding that surrounds an ice hockey rink
boarding - a structure of boards
ice hockey rink, ice-hockey rink - an ice rink for playing ice hockey
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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In such a neighborhood as this, boards and shingles, lime and bricks, are cheaper and more easily obtained than suitable caves, or whole logs, or bark in sufficient quantities, or even well-tempered clay or flat stones.
I first laid all the planks or boards upon it that I could get, and having considered well what I most wanted, I got three of the seamen's chests, which I had broken open, and emptied, and lowered them down upon my raft; the first of these I filled with provisions - viz.
not only were the old sails being mended, but new sails were coming on board, and bolts of canvas, and coils of rigging; in short, everything betokened that the ship's preparations were hurrying to a close.
He told me was determined to go, but found it would be impossible for him to be discharged time enough for going in the same ship, and which was more than all, he began to question whether they would give him leave to go in what ship he pleased, though he did voluntarily transport himself; but that they would see him put on board such a ship as they should direct, and that he would be charged upon the captain as other convict prisoners were; so that he began to be in despair of seeing me till he came to Virginia, which made him almost desperate; seeing that, on the other hand, if I should not be there, if any accident of the sea or of mortality should take me away, he should be the most undone creature there in the world.
His advertisement would be for board and room in some simple working-class family.
"Don't jump to conclusions," the other said; "we are out of the wet and provided with board and lodging."
A skiff covered with rich carpets and cushions of crimson velvet was immediately lowered into the water, and as Don Quixote stepped on board of it, the leading galley fired her gangway gun, and the other galleys did the same; and as he mounted the starboard ladder the whole crew saluted him (as is the custom when a personage of distinction comes on board a galley) by exclaiming "Hu, hu, hu," three times.
On the question of the monster there was no doubt in his mind, and he would not allow the existence of the animal to be disputed on board. He believed in it, as certain good women believe in the leviathan--by faith, not by reason.
They had been seen on the Tower Wharf that morning, embarking on board the steamer bound for Rotterdam.
Captain Thorn was an honest, straighforward, but somewhat dry and dictatorial commander, who, having been nurtured in the system and discipline of a ship of war, and in a sacred opinion of the supremacy of the quarter-deck, was disposed to be absolute lord and master on board of his ship.
There was a very general ignorance of all naval matters throughout the party; and he was very much questioned, and especially by the two Miss Musgroves, who seemed hardly to have any eyes but for him, as to the manner of living on board, daily regulations, food, hours, &c., and their surprise at his accounts, at learning the degree of accommodation and arrangement which was practicable, drew from him some pleasant ridicule, which reminded Anne of the early days when she too had been ignorant, and she too had been accused of supposing sailors to be living on board without anything to eat, or any cook to dress it if there were, or any servant to wait, or any knife and fork to use.