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aboard

[uh-bawrd, uh-bohrd] /əˈbɔrd, əˈboʊrd/
adverb
1.
on board; on, in, or into a ship, train, airplane, bus, etc.:
to step aboard.
2.
alongside; to the side.
3.
Baseball. on base:
a homer with two aboard.
4.
into a group as a new member:
The office manager welcomed him aboard.
preposition
5.
on board of; on, in, or into:
to come aboard a ship.
Idioms
6.
all aboard!, (as a warning to passengers entering or planning to enter a train, bus, boat, etc., just before starting) Everyone get on!
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English abord(e) (see a-1, board), perhaps conflated with Middle French a bord
Can be confused
aboard, abort, abroad.
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British Dictionary definitions for all aboard!

aboard

/əˈbɔːd/
adverb, adjective, preposition (postpositive)
1.
on, in, onto, or into (a ship, train, aircraft, etc)
2.
(nautical) alongside (a vessel)
3.
all aboard!, a warning to passengers to board a vehicle, ship, etc
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Word Origin and History for all aboard!

aboard

adv.

late 14c., probably in most cases from Old French à bord, from à "on" + bord "board," from Frankish *bord or a similar Germanic source (see board (n.2)); the "boarding" or sides of a vessel extended to the ship itself. The usual Middle English expression was within shippes borde. The call all aboard! as a warning to passengers is attested from 1838.

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