March 24, 2016
There are many, different uses for the word "board."
When "board" is used as a verb, it means to enter an airplane or a boat.
- We boarded the plane after our numbers were called.
- In order to board a plane from the terminal, you have to walk through a loading bridge or a jet bridge.
- To board a large ship, passengers walk up a gangplank or a bridge that connects the dock to the ship.
- Boarding an airplane takes time because passengers need to find their seats and stow their luggage. (stow = put away)
To board also means to provide housing and food for someone.
- In addition to tuition costs for college, students living on campus also have to spend money on room and board. (room and board = a place to live plus food)
- Samantha has to board her dogs whenever she goes on vacation because there's no one to take care of them for her.
- A very large house down the street accepts boarders. (boarder = a person who is provided with a place to sleep and, perhaps, food)
- Jonathan is temporarily boarding with some people he met online.
When the word "board" is used as a noun, it represents a flat surface for writing, working, or protecting something.
- You cut vegetables or meat on a cutting board.
- You iron clothes on an ironing board.
- Windows and doors of an abandoned house are often covered with boards.
- Before a hurricane arrives, coastal residents board up their windows to protect their homes from damage.
- A skateboard is a rectangular board with wheels on it.
- A surfboard is a long rectangular object that surfers use for riding strong waves on the water.
- Cardboard is a strong paper product that is used for boxes, packaging, and making signs.
- You can make a desk by putting a large plywood board on top of two filing cabinets.
She's about to jump off of a diving board.
A board can also be a group of people who provide advice and leadership for a large corporation or a large organization.
- David sits on the board of directors for a Fortune 500 company.
- The school board needs to find a new superintendent for the school district.
- Members of the board meet in a large meeting room with a long table.
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