In duplicate bridge, a board is an item of equipment that holds one deal, or one deck of 52 cards distributed in four hands of 13 cards each. The design permits the entire deal of four hands to be passed, carried or stacked securely with the cards hidden from view. This is required for duplicate bridge tournaments, where the same deal is played several times and so the composition of each hand must be preserved during and after each play of each deal.

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  1. A relatively long, wide and thin piece of any material, usually wood or similar, often for use in construction or furniture-making.
  2. A device (e.g., switchboard) containing electrical switches and other controls and designed to control lights, sound, telephone connections, etc.
  3. A flat surface with markings for playing a board game.
    Each player starts the game with four counters on the board.
  4. Short for blackboard, whiteboard, chessboard, surfboard, etc.
  5. A committee that manages the business of an organization, e.g., a board of directors.
  6. Regular meals or the amount paid for them in a place of lodging.
  7. The side of a ship.
  8. The distance a sailing vessel runs between tacks when working to windward.
  9. The wall that surrounds an ice hockey rink, often in plural.
  10. A long, narrow table, like that used in a medieval dining hall.
  11. Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers, etc.; pasteboard.
    to bind a book in boards

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A rebound.


  1. To step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship, aircraft, train or other conveyance.
    It is time to board the aircraft.
  2. To provide someone with meals and lodging, usually in exchange for money.
    to board one's horse at a livery stable
  3. To receive meals and lodging in exchange for money.
  4. To capture an enemy ship by going alongside and grappling her, then invading her with a boarding party
  5. To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation
  6. To approach (someone); to make advances to, accost.
  7. To cover with boards or boarding.
    to board a house
  8. To hit (someone) with a wooden board.

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