Board (?), n. [OE. bord, AS. bord board, shipboard; akin to bred plank, Icel. bor board, side of a ship, Goth. ftu-baurd]/> footstool, D. bord board, G. brett, bort. See def. 8. &root;92.]
A piece of timber sawed thin, and of considerable length and breadth as compared with the thickness, -- used for building, etc.
⇒ When sawed thick, as over one and a half or two inches, it is usually called a plank.
A table to put food upon.
⇒ The term board answers to the modern table, but it was often movable, and placed on trestles.
Fruit of all kinds . . .
She gathers, tribute large, and on the board
Heaps with unsparing hand.
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.
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.
Both better acquainted with affairs than any other who sat then at that board.
We may judge from their letters to the board.
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.
Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers, etc.; pasteboard; as, to bind a book in boards.
The stage in a theater; as, to go upon the boards, to enter upon the theatrical profession.
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.
The side of a ship.
the rival vessels row." Dryden
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, below. (b)
The stretch which a ship makes in one tack.
⇒ 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.
The American Board, a shortened form of "The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions" (the foreign missionary society of the American Congregational churches). -- 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. Stormonth. -- 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 overthrow. -- 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. [U.S.]
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Board, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Boarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Boarding.]
To cover with boards or boarding; as, to board a house.
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.
You board an enemy to capture her, and a stranger to receive news or make a communication.
To enter, as a railway car.
[Colloq. U. S.]
To furnish with regular meals, or with meals and lodgings, for compensation; to supply with daily meals.
To place at board, for compensation; as, to board one's horse at a livery stable.
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Board (?), v. i.
To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation; as, he boards at the hotel.
We are several of us, gentlemen and ladies, who board in the same house.
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Board, v. t. [F. aborder. See Abord, v. t.]
To approach; to accost; to address; hence, to woo.
I will board her, though she chide as loud
As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack.
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