- A piece of timber sawed thin, and of considerable length and breadth as compared with the thickness, -- used for building, etc.
- A table to put food upon."Fruit of all kinds . . . She gathers, tribute large, and on the board Heaps with unsparing hand." [Milton.]
- 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." [Clarendon.]"We may judge from their letters to the board." [Porteus.]
- 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 .
- Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers, etc.; pasteboard; as, to bind a book in boards .
- pl.The stage in a theater; as, to go upon the boards, to enter upon the theatrical profession.
- The border or side of anything.[Naut]
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 side of a ship.
"Now board to boardthe rival vessels row."
See On board, below.
- The stretch which a ship makes in one tack.
- The side of a ship.
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