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(1)   A flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
"He nailed boards across the windows"
(2)   A flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games
"He got out the board and set up the pieces"
(3)   A printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities
(4)   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"
(5)   A table at which meals are served
"He helped her clear the dining table"
"A feast was spread upon the board"
(6)   A vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view
(7)   Food or meals in general
"She sets a fine table"
"Room and board"
(8)   A committee having supervisory powers
"The board has seven members"
(9)   A stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes


(10)   Provide food and lodging (for)
"The old lady is boarding three men"
(11)   Lodge and take meals (at)
(12)   Get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)
(13)   Live and take one's meals at or in
"She rooms in an old boarding house"



  1. A relatively long, wide and thin piece of sawn wood or similar material, usually intended for use in construction.
  2. A device (e.g., switchboard) containing electrical switches and other controls and designed to control lights, sound, telephone connections, etc.
  3. Short for blackboard, whiteboard, chessboard, surfboard, etc.
  4. A committee that manages the business of an organization, e.g., a board of directors.
    We have to wait to hear back from the board.
  5. Regular meals or the amount paid for them in a place of lodging.
    Room and board
  6. The side of a ship.
  7. The distance a sailing vessel runs between tacks when working to windward
  8. A rebound.
  9. The wall that surrounds an ice hockey rink, often in plural.
  10. A long, narrow table, like that used in a medieval dining hall.


  1. To step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship, aircraft, train or other conveyance.
  2. To provide someone with meals and lodging, usually in exchange for money.
  3. To receive meals and lodging in exchange for money.
  4. To capture an enemy ship by going alongside and grappling her, then invading her with a boarding party
  5. To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation