Definition of


  1. (noun, group) a committee having supervisory powers
  2. (noun, substance) a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
  3. (noun, artifact) a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
  4. (noun, food) food or meals in general
    room and board
  5. (noun, artifact) a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view
  6. (noun, artifact) a table at which meals are served
    a feast was spread upon the board
  7. (noun, artifact) 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
  8. (noun, artifact) a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities
  9. (noun, artifact) a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games
  10. (verb, motion) get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)
  11. (verb, stative) live and take one's meals at or in
  12. (verb, consumption) lodge and take meals (at)
  13. (verb, consumption) provide food and lodging (for)

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Board

  1. O.E. bord "a plank, flat surface," from P.Gmc. *burdam (cf. O.N. bor? "plank," Du. bord "board," Goth. fotu-baurd "foot-stool," Ger. Brett "plank"), from PIE *bhrdh- "board," from base *bherdh- "to cut." See also board (2), with which this is so confused as practically to form one word (if in fact they were not the same wo… more
  2. "side of ship," O.E. bord "border, rim, ship's side," from P.Gmc. *bordaz (cf. O.S. bord, Du. boord, Ger. Bord, O.H.G. bart, O.N. bar?), perhaps from PIE *bhrtos "raised, made projecting." Connected to border. See also starboard. Under this theory, etymologically not related to board (1), but the two forms represent… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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