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Abo'ard. adv. [a sea-term, but adopted into common language; derived immediately from the French à board, as, aller à bord, envoyer à bord. Bord is itself a word of very doubtful original, and perhaps, in its different acceptations, deducible from different roots. Boꞃꝺ, in the ancient Saxon, signified a house; in which sense, to go aboard, is to take up residence in a ship.] In a ship.

Which, when far off, Cymocles heard and saw,
He loudly call'd to such as were aboard,
The little bark unto the shore to draw,
And him to ferry over that deep ford.
Fairy Q. b. ii. cant. 6.

I made this answer, that he might land them, if it pleased him, or otherwise keep them aboard. Sir W. Rawleigh's Essays.

When morning rose, I sent my mates to bring
Supplies of water from a neighb'ring spring;
Whilst I the motions of the winds explor'd;
Then summon'd in my crew, and went aboard.
Addison's Ovid's Metamorphoses, b. iii.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Adverb (147) · French (385) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Aboard." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 22, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=508.


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