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noun     board pronunciation in British English
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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 across 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 noticeboard or blackboard placed upright and used for showing information

    The board saidDanger – Keep Out’.

    The exam results were pinned up 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

    She was appointed to the board investigating lapses in airport security.

    board of trustees:

    The hospital’s board of trustees voted for the merger.

    board of governors (=in a school):

    The board of governors has approved the appointment of a new head teacher.

    school board:

    The local school board is trying to raise teacherssalaries.

    1. a.
      the most important people in a company, who make decisions about the way that the company is managed

      He sits on the board 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 person’s house etc
    board and lodging:

    She gets £70 a week plus board and lodging (=a place to stay and meals).

  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to get on board to agree on something or to support an idea

    The president requested other countries to get on board with him on reducing poverty.

    Submitted by Mahi from India on 04/11/2016
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