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noun board pronunciation in American English /bɔrd/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a long thin flat piece of wood, used especially for making floors and other parts of buildings
    There’s a loose board in the bedroom floor.
    Boards had been nailed up to cover the broken window.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] a thin flat sheet of wood or other hard material
      We use only recycled paper and board in our packaging.
      The walls were lined with insulating board.
    2. b.
      [countable] a thin flat piece of wood or other material that is used for something, for example for making a firm surface or for playing a game
      He put the bread on the board and began to slice it.
      We wanted to play chess but I couldn’t find the board.
      a group of surfers waxing their boards
  2. 2
    [countable] a flat wide surface such as a bulletin board or blackboard placed upright and used for showing information
    The board said “Danger – Keep Out.”
    The final grades were posted on the board.
    The train station has an electronic board showing all departure times.
  3. 3
    [countable] a group of people who have the responsibility of managing important business or government activities
    an advisory/editorial board
    She was appointed to the board investigating lapses in airport security.
    school board: The local school board is trying to raise teachers’ salaries.
    board of trustees: The hospital’s board of trustees voted for the merger.
    1. a.
      the most important people in a company, who make decisions about the way that the company is managed
      He sits on the boards of several companies.
      board of directors: She has recently been appointed to the board of directors.
      chairman of the board: Fred’s father is chairman of the board.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] meals provided for you when you stay at a hotel, live at another persons house, etc.
    room and board: She gets $100 a week plus room and board (=a place to stay and meals).



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