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  1. (countable) A board is a group of people who govern something.
    The school board has chosen new textbooks for all the schools.
    Bret Stephens is a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.
    School boards are supposed to make sure students get the best education possible.
    Copies also should be sent to the chairman of the licensing board.
    I have a meeting coming up with the Community Advisory Board.
  2. (countable) A board is a long piece of wood.
    The outside of the house was made of wooden boards.
  3. (countable) A board is a flat surface.
    The knives should be used on a wooden cutting board only.
    He pinned his poster in the center of the bulletin board.
    There were two diving boards at the deep end of the pool.
  4. If something is true across the board, it is true in all cases.
    He was number one across the board. Nobody was better.
  5. If something is on the drawing board, it is being planned.
    The designs for the car is still on the drawing board.
    I think those students need to go back to the drawing board.
  6. (countable) A message board is a place for people to share ideas publicly, often over the internet.
    These days churches are using e-mail, message boards, and blogs to communicate.
  7. (countable) A circuit board is flat, usually green, piece of electronic equipment.
    He opened the computer so we could get a look at the circuit board.
  8. (countable) A sounding board is a person or group of people who will listen to your ideas and tell you if they're good or not.
    I often discuss company matters with him, and use him as a sounding board.

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Passengers boarding an airplane
  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you board a boat, plane, train, or other vehicle, you get onto it.
    Sarah boarded the plane.
  2. (intransitive) If a boat, plane, train, or other vehicle is boarding, passengers are allowed to get on it.
    Flight AC002 is now boarding at gate two.
  3. (intransitive) If you board in a school or in someone's house, you pay to live there.
    In Paris, I boarded with a nice family in Le Alle.
  4. (transitive) If you board a building or a business up, you close it for a long time.
    Number 1 Strand Street was finally cleaned out, boarded up, and offered for sale by the city.