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bulletin board

a board for the posting of bulletins, notices, announcements, etc.
Also called bulletin board system. Digital Technology. BBS.
  1. an online collection of electronic messages, posted by and accessible to any authorized user.
  2. a system, facility, or computer server for collecting and relaying these messages.
See also message board.
Origin of bulletin board
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • It was not the bulletin-board of my not altogether remote undergraduate days.

  • "Saw it on the bulletin-board as I came in," said his subordinate laconically.

    His Lordship's Leopard David Dwight Wells
  • The exact state of the case was now as plain to me as if it had been posted up on a bulletin-board.

  • Then he compromised on watching the Advocate-Times bulletin-board.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • Thats what Mrs. Dupont called it when she bracketed his name and mine together on the bulletin-board as Irreclaimable whisperers.

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston
  • Soon the bulletin-board was crowded by hundreds who could not get near enough to read.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • There was a bulletin-board, and on it his number, and the record of the weights of the cars he had sent out that day.

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • I slipped out and went over to the bulletin-board where the degree-men were posted, and sure enough, I was not among them.

    John Marvel, Assistant Thomas Nelson Page
  • An acquaintance of Patty's strolled up to the bulletin-board.

  • “It is not honest,” said Robbie Belle, back in the shadowy corridor before the bulletin-board.

    Beatrice Leigh at College Julia Augusta Schwartz
British Dictionary definitions for bulletin-board

bulletin board

(US & Canadian) a board on which notices, advertisements, bulletins, etc, are displayed Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) notice board
(computing) a facility on a computer network allowing any user to leave messages that can be read by any other user, and to download software and information to the user's own computer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for bulletin-board
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bulletin-board in Science
bulletin board
An electronic communication system that allows users to send or read electronic messages, files, and other data that are of general interest and addressed to no particular person. Bulletin boards were widely used before the Internet became popular, and many of their functions are now served by websites and newsgroups for specific topics or groups.
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Idioms and Phrases with bulletin-board

bulletin board

Also, electronic bulletin board. A computer service that provides facilities for people to leave messages by phone or telecomputing. For example, The National Writers Union has a bulletin board through which members communicate via their modems. Both the device and the term, alluding to the older board for posting notices, date from the late 1970s.
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