board - definition and synonyms


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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).