/bɔd / (say bawd)

1. a piece of timber sawn thin, and of considerable length and breadth compared with the thickness.
2. (plural) Theatre the stage.
a. Also, shearing board. in a shearing shed, the clear part of the floor on which the sheep are shorn; in a centre-board shed the single board has sheep pens around the outside, in a double-board shed the pens are in the middle: *Out on the board the old shearer stands, Grasping his shears in his long bony hands –anon, bush songs, n.d.
b. the complement of shearers employed in a woolshed: they had a full board.
4. the killing floor of a meatworks.
5. a flat slab of wood for some specific purpose: an ironing-board; jigger board.
6. scoreboard.
7. surfboard.
8. skateboard.
9. Squash a band of wood, tin or other resonating material 60 cm high across the base of the front wall.
10. a sheet of wood, paper, etc., with or without markings, for some special use: a breadboard; a chessboard.
11. a blackboard or whiteboard.
12. stiff cardboard covered with paper, cloth, or the like, to form the binding for a book.
13. a table, especially to serve food on.
14. daily meals, especially as provided for pay, often as part of accommodation.
15. an official body of people who direct or supervise some activity: a board of directors; board of trade.
16. the border or edge of anything, as in seaboard.
17. Nautical
a. the side of a ship.
b. one leg, or tack, of the course of a ship beating to windward.
verb (t)
18. to cover or close with boards.
19. to furnish with food, or with food and lodging, especially for pay.
20. to board out: to board the dog for the holidays.
21. to go aboard or enter (a ship, train, etc.).
22. to come up alongside of (a ship), as to attack or to go on board.
23. to approach; accost.
verb (i)
24. to occupy a room in a dwelling, often with meals provided, in return for payment.
25. across the board, in a comprehensive fashion. {Phrase Origin: from horseracing, in which odds were displayed on a notice board. A punter collected across the board if his horse won or had a place.}
26. board out,
a. to place out for meals and lodgings.
b. Military to discharge or retire (a member of the armed services) on medical grounds.
27. by the board, over the ship's side.
28. go by the board, to be discarded, neglected, or destroyed. {Phrase Origin: with reference to the boards, or sides, of a sailing ship. Something that goes by the board goes overboard, and in all probability will never be seen again.}
29. on board, on or in a ship, aeroplane, or vehicle.
30. on the board,
a. Sport having made a first score in a competitive game.
b. having taken the first steps towards success in an enterprise.
31. sweep the board, (in gambling, especially cards) to win all.
32. take on board,
a. to grasp the significance of.
b. to accept and use, as an idea, etc.
{Middle English, Old English bord board, table, shield}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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