n. A piece of timber sawed thin, and of considerable length and breadth compared with the thickness.n. A table, especially as being used to place food on.n. Hence That which is served on a board or table; entertainment; food; diet.n. Provision for a person's daily meals, or food and lodging, especially as furnished by agreement or for a price: applied also to the like provision for horses and other animals.n. A table at which a council or the session of a tribunal is held.n. Hence, by metonymy A number of persons having the management, direction, or superintendence of some public or private office or trust: as, a board of directors; the board of trade; the board of health; a school-board.n. A flat slab of wood used for some specific purpose: as, an ironing-board; a bake-board; a knife-board.n. A tablet; especially, a tablet upon which public notices are written, or to which they are affixed: as, a notice-board; a bulletin-board.n. A table, tablet, or frame on which games are played: as, a chess- or backgammon-board; a bagatelle-board.n. plural The stage of a theater: as, to go upon the boards, to leave the boards (that is, to enter upon or leave the theatrical profession).n. A kind of thick stiff paper; a sheet formed by layers of paper pasted together; pasteboard: usually employed in compounds: as, cardboard, millboard, Bristol-board.n. Hence In bookbinding, one of the two stiff covers on the sides of a book.n. plural In printing, thin sheets of very hard paper-stock placed between printed sheets in a press to remove the indentation of impression: distinctively called press-boards.n. Nautical: The deck and interior of a ship or boat: used in the phrase on board, aboard.n. The side of a ship.n. The line over which a ship runs between tack and tack.n. In mining, as generally used in England: Nearly equivalent to breast, as used among Pennsylvania miners. See breast.n. An equivalent of cleat.n. Hence— To be completely destroyed or carried away.To cover with boards; inclose or close up with boards; lay or spread with boards: often with up, in, or over.In leather manufacturing, to rub (leather) with a pommel or graining-board, in order to give it a granular appearance, and make it supple.To place at board: as, he boarded his son with Mrs. So-and-so.To furnish with food, or food and lodging, for a compensation: as, his landlady boards him at a reasonable price.To come up alongside of (in order to attack); fall aboard of.To go on board of (a vessel).To put on board; stow away.To approach; accost; make advances to.To border on; approach.To send out to board; hire or procure the board of elsewhere: as, to board out a child or a horse.To shut in with boards: as, to board up a flock of chickens.To case with boards: as, to board up a room or a house.To take one's meals, or be supplied with both food and lodging, in the house of another, at a fixed price.Nautical, to tack.n. In an Australian wool-shed, the floor on which the sheep are sheared; hence, the shearers there.