Dictionary: BOAR – BOAST'LESS

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BOAR, v.i.

In the manege, a horse is said to boar, when he shoots out his nose, raising it as high as his ears, and tosses his nose in the wind. – Encyc.

BOARD, n. [Sax. bord and bred, a board, or table; Goth. baurd; Sw. bord, and bräde; D. boord, a board, a hem, border, margin; Ger. bord, a board, a brim, bank, border; and bret, a board, or plank; Dan. bord, a board, a table; bræde, a board, or plank; and bred, a border; W. bwrz, a board or table; Ir. bord, a table, a border. This word and broad seem to be allied in origin, and the primary sense is to open or spread, whence broad, dilated.]

  1. A piece of timber sawed thin and of considerable length and breadth, compared with the thickness, used for building and other purposes.
  2. A table. The table of our rude ancestors was a piece of board, perhaps originally laid upon the knees. “Lauti cibum capiunt; separata singulis sedes, et sua cuique mensa.” The Germans wash before they eat, and each has a separate seat, and his own table. – Tacitus, De Mor. Germ. 22.
  3. Entertainment; food; diet; as, the price of board is two, five, or seven dollars a week.
  4. A table at which a council or court is held; hence a council, convened for business, or any authorized assembly or meeting; as, a board of directors.
  5. The deck of a ship; the interior part of a ship or boat; used in the phrase, on board, aboard. In this phrase however, the sense is primarily the side of the ship. To go aboard is to go over the side.
  6. The side of a ship. [Fr. bord; Sp. borda.] Now board to board the rival vessels row. – Dryden. To fall over board, that is, over the side; the mast went by the board. Board and board, side by side.
  7. The line over which a ship runs between tack and tack. To make a good board, is to sail in a straight line, when close hauled. To make short boards, is to tack frequently. – Mar. Dict.
  8. A table for artificers to sit or work on.
  9. A table or frame for a game; as, a chessboard, &c.
  10. A body of men constituting a quorum in session; a court or council; as, a board of trustees; a board of officers.

BOARD, v.i.

To receive food or diet as a lodger, or without lodgings, for a compensation; as, he boards at the moderate price of two dollars a week.

BOARD, v.t.

  1. To lay or spread with boards; to cover with boards.
  2. To enter a ship by force in combat, which answers to storming a city or fort on land.
  3. To attack; to make the first attempt upon a man. In Spenser, to accost. [Fr. aborder.] [Obs.] – Bacon. Shak.
  4. To place at board, for a compensation, as a lodger.
  5. To furnish with food, or food and lodging, for a compensation; as, a man boards ten students.


That maybe boarded, as a ship.


Covered with boards; entered by armed men, as a ship; furnished with food for a compensation.


  1. One who has food or diet and lodging in another's family for a reward.
  2. One who boards a ship in action; one who is selected to board ships. – Mar. Dict.


Covering with boards; entering a ship by force; furnishing or receiving board, as a lodger, for a reward.


A school, the scholars of which board with the teacher.


A figured scale for finding the number of square feet in a board, without calculation. – Haldiman.


Wages allowed to servants to keep themselves in victuals. – Dryden.

BOAR'ISH, a. [from boar.]

Swinish; brutal; cruel. – Shak.


A spear used in hunting boars. – Spenser.


  1. Expression of ostentation, pride or vanity; a vaunting. Thou makest thy boast of the law. – Rom. ii.
  2. The cause of boasting; occasion of pride, vanity, or laudable exultation. Trial by peers is the boast of the British nation.

BOAST, v.i. [W. bostiaw, to boast, to toss or throw; G. pausten, to blow, swell, bounce; Sw. pösa, Dan. puster, id. Qu. Gr. φυσαω, to inflate; Russ. chvastayu, to boast; L. fastus.]

  1. To brag, or vaunt one's self; to make an ostentatious display, in speech, of one's own worth, property, or actions. Not of works, lest any man should boast. – Eph. ii. 9.
  2. To glory; to speak with laudable pride and ostentation of meritorious persons or things. I boast of you to them of Macedonia. – St. Paul. 2 Cor. ix. Usually, it is followed by of; sometimes by in.
  3. To exalt one's self. With your mouth you have boasted against me. – Ezek. xxxv.

BOAST, v.t.

  1. To display in ostentatious language; to speak of with pride, vanity or exultation, with a view to self-commendation. Lest men should boast their specious deeds. – Milton.
  2. To magnify or exalt. They boast themselves in the multitude of their riches. – Ps. xlix.
  3. To exult in confident expectation. Boast not thyself of to-morrow. – Prov. xxvii.


One who boasts, glories or vaunts ostentatiously. – Boyle.


Given to boasting; ostentatious of personal worth or actions. – Shak.


In a boastful manner.


State of being boastful.


Ostentatious display of personal worth, or actions; a glorying or vaunting. Where is boasting then? – Rom. iii.


Talking ostentatiously; glorying; vaunting.


In an ostentatious manner; with boasting.


Presumptuous. [Unusual.] – Shenstone.


Without ostentation. – Thomson.