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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Board
  1. A piece of timber sawed thin, and of considerable length and breadth as compared with the thickness, -- used for building, etc.
  2. A table to put food upon."Fruit of all kinds . . . She gathers, tribute large, and on the board Heaps with unsparing hand." [Milton.]
  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 .
  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. "Both better acquainted with affairs than any other who sat then at that board." [Clarendon.]"We may judge from their letters to the board." [Porteus.]
  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 chess board; a backgammon board .
  6. Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers, etc.; pasteboard; as, to bind a book in boards .
  7. pl.The stage in a theater; as, to go upon the boards, to enter upon the theatrical profession.
  8. Etymology: In this use originally perh. a different word meaning border margin; cf. D. boord, G. bord, shipboard, and G. borte trimming; also F. bordfr. G.) the side of a ship. Cf. Border

    The border or side of anything.[Naut]
    1. The side of a ship.
      "Now board to boardthe rival vessels row."
      See On board, below.
    2. The stretch which a ship makes in one tack.

Note: ☞ When sawed thick, as over one and a half or two inches, it is usually called a plank.

Note: ☞ The term board answers to the modern table, but it was often movable, and placed on trestles.

Note: Board is much used adjectively or as the last part of a compound; as, fir board, clap board, floor board, ship board, side board, ironing board, chess board, card board, paste board, sea board; board measure.

Etymology: OE. bord, AS. bord board, shipboard; akin to bred plank, Icel. borð board, side of a ship, Goth. fōtu-baurd footstool, D. bord board, G. brett bort. See def. 8. √92

verb Board
  1. To cover with boards or boarding; as, to board a house."The boardedhovel." [Cowper.]
  2. Etymology: 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." [Totten.]
  3. To enter, as a railway car.(Colloq. U. S)
  4. To furnish with regular meals, or with meals and lodgings, for compensation; to supply with daily meals.
  5. To place at board, for compensation; as, to board one's horse at a livery stable.
verb Board
To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation; as, he boards at the hotel.
verb Board
To approach; to accost; to address; hence, to woo.

Etymology: F. aborder. See Abord (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  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 ("suddenly the board lit up like a Christmas tree")
  5. A table at which meals are served ("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 ("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")

Notable Persons With the Last Name Board

Lillian Board was an athlete. Lillian was born on December 13th, 1948 in Durban. She passed away on December 26th, 1970.


Printz Board is a hip hop, r&b, pop, rock, hip hop music, and contemporary r&b musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Printz was given the name Priese Prince Lamont Board on September 11th, 1982 in Columbus, Ohio, United States.


Dwaine Board is a football player. Dwaine was born on November 29th, 1956 in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Dwaine is also known as Board and Dwaine P..


Mykel was born on January 31st, 1950 in Long Island, New York, United States.


Michael was born on October 10th, 1970.


Jack Board is a cricketer.


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Popularity of Board as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Board U.S.
  White 71.95% 64.26%
  African American 21.01% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.86% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Board

People with the last name Board are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Board

  • How Popular is the name Board? As a last name Board was the 8,388th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Board first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Board is Thursday, December 4th, 1902.
  • How unique is the name Board? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Board. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Board: Your name in reverse order is Draob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Abord. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Board? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,946 people with the last name Board.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Board? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Board as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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