board vs gameboard what difference

what is difference between board and gameboard



  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: bôd, IPA(key): /bɔːd/
  • (General American) enPR: bôrd, IPA(key): /bɔɹd/
  • (rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) enPR: bōrd, IPA(key): /bo(ː)ɹd/
  • (non-rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) enPR: bōəd, IPA(key): /boəd/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)d
  • Homophone: bored; baud, bawd (nonrhotic accents with the horse–hoarse merger)

Etymology 1

From Middle English bord, from Old English bord (board; plank; table; shield; deck; ship; boundary), from Proto-West Germanic *bord, from Proto-Germanic *burdą (board; plank; table), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerdʰ- (to cut).


board (countable and uncountable, plural boards)

  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, circuit board, message board (on the Internet), etc.
  5. A committee that manages the business of an organization, e.g., a board of directors.
  6. (uncountable) Regular meals or the amount paid for them in a place of lodging.
  7. (nautical) The side of a ship.
    • Now board to board the rival vessels row.
  8. (nautical) The distance a sailing vessel runs between tacks when working to windward.
  9. (ice hockey, often in the plural) The wall that surrounds an ice hockey rink.
  10. (archaic) A long, narrow table, like that used in a medieval dining hall.
    • 2007, J. R. R. Tolkien edited by Christopher Tolkien, The Children of Húrin:
      Túrin took a seat without heed, for he was wayworn, and filled with thought; and by ill-luck he set himself at a board among the elders of the realm, and in that place where Saeros was accustomed to sit.
  11. Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers, etc.; pasteboard.
    to bind a book in boards
  12. (video games) A level or stage having a particular layout.
    • 2004, Dan Whitehead, Martyn Carroll, Shaun Bebbington, Future Shocks (in Your Sinclair issue 94)
      The object of the game is to move the smiley face over the preset board, in doing so removing the green squares and ending up at the exit []
  13. (bridge) A container for holding pre-dealt cards that is used to allow multiple sets of players to play the same cards.
Derived terms
Related terms
  • Japanese: ボード (bōdo)
See also
  • batten
  • beam
  • lath
  • plank
  • pole
  • slab
  • veneer


board (third-person singular simple present boards, present participle boarding, simple past and past participle boarded)

  1. (transitive) To step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship, aircraft, train or other conveyance.
    • 1862, Benjamin J. Totten, Naval Text-Book, and Dictionary, for the use of the Midshipmen of the U.S. Navy
      You board an enemy to capture her, and a stranger to receive news or make a communication.
    Antonyms: alight, disembark
  2. (transitive) To provide someone with meals and lodging, usually in exchange for money.
    to board one’s horse at a livery stable
  3. (transitive) To receive meals and lodging in exchange for money.
    • February 8, 1712, Charity Frost, The Spectator No. 296 (letter to the editor)
      We are several of us, gentlemen and ladies, who board in the same house,
  4. (transitive, nautical) To capture an enemy ship by going alongside and grappling her, then invading her with a boarding party
  5. (intransitive) To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation
  6. (transitive, now rare) To approach (someone); to make advances to, accost.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.iv:
      Ere long with like againe he boorded mee, / Saying, he now had boulted all the floure []
  7. To cover with boards or boarding.
    to board a house
    • the boarded hovel
  8. To hit (someone) with a wooden board.
  9. (transitive) To write something on a board, especially a blackboard or whiteboard.

Etymology 2

From backboard


board (plural boards)

  1. (basketball, informal) A rebound.


  • B road, Bardo, Borda, Broad, Broad., Broda, Dobra, abord, adorb, bardo, broad, dobra


Alternative forms

  • game board


game +‎ board


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪm.bɔːd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪm.bɔɹd/


gameboard (plural gameboards)

  1. (board games) A portable surface marked for playing a game, and on which the counters or other pieces are placed and moved.
  2. (video games) The playfield.
    • 2011, Janet H. Murray, Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice
      The Mario games extended the gameboard with side scrolling []


  • board


  • checkerboard, chessboard

Related terms

  • board game
  • game


See also

  • gaming board


  • board game, boardgame

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