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[on-bawrd, -bohrd, awn-] /ˈɒnˈbɔrd, -ˈboʊrd, ˈɔn-/
provided, occurring, etc., on a vehicle:
among the ship's many on-board services.
installed and functional within a vehicle:
on-board computers for aircraft.
Also, onboard.
Origin of on-board
1965-70; adj. use of adv. phrase on board Unabridged
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Examples from the web for onboard
  • Having the tabloid staple onboard led to a ratings spike, too.
  • Punch began as a sailors' drink, where everyone onboard-officers and ordinary seamen alike-would partake together.
  • The craft would then switch to an onboard oxygen supply and the motor would become a pure rocket.
  • Having someone untrained with a gun onboard an aircraft is dangerous.
  • Airline lounges and onboard policies also affect behavior.
  • Individual ships have adopted different onboard deterrents.
  • Beyond that range, its combustion engine will kick in, powering a generator for its onboard battery.
  • The machine carries an onboard battery that is able to run all this equipment.
  • The concept replaces the onboard nuclear reactor with ground based lasers.
  • They looked for evidence of onboard gas leaks, software errors-anything that might explain the anomaly.
Contemporary definitions for onboard

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ready and willing to participate; also written onboard's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for onboard

1966 as one word, from on + board (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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