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aboard adv
1 on a ship, train, plane or other vehicle [syn: onboard]
2 on first or second or third base; "Their second homer with Bob Allison aboard" [syn: on base]
3 side by side; "anchored close aboard another ship" [syn: alongside]
4 part of a group; "Bill's been aboard for three years now"

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From à "on, in" + board (French: bord).


  • [ə'bɔ:rd]


  1. On board; into or within a ship or boat; hence, into or within a railway car.
    We all climbed aboard.
  2. Alongside; as, close aboard.
  3. Successfully reached base


  1. On board of; as, to go aboard a ship.
    We all went aboard the ship.
  2. Across; athwart.
    Nor iron bands aboard The Pontic Sea by their huge navy cast. - Spenser

Derived terms

  • To fall aboard of, to strike a ship's side; to fall foul of.
  • To haul the tacks aboard, to set the courses.
  • To keep the land aboard, to hug the shore.
  • To lay (a ship) aboard, to place one's own ship close alongside of (a ship) for fighting.


on board of


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

afloat, all aboard, aloft, among us, athwart the hawse, athwarthawse, aye, before the mast, here, hereabout, hereabouts, hereat, hereinto, hereto, hereunto, hither, hitherward, hitherwards, in sail, in this place, in this vicinity, just here, on board, on board ship, on deck, on shipboard, on the spot, somewhere about, to this place, topside, with us
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