There are 2 main definitions of on board in English:

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on board 1

1On or in a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle: a plane crashed with three people on board
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  • After a quick assessment he was taken on board the aircraft.
  • Mr Kelly said the 770 passengers on board the ship were preparing to disembark.
  • Christopher Columbus reputedly chanced upon hammocks in Haiti and sailors were soon slumbering in them on board ship.
1.1 informal On to a team as a member: the need to bring on board a young manager
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  • After the company took over, how was the new management team brought on board?
  • Two prominent dating experts have been brought on board to assist members in their search.
  • We have an exceptional team on board with over two dozen national and international advertising awards between them.
1.2 informal (Of a jockey) riding: the rider of the winner last time is on board today
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  • They had two winners but neither had usual stable jockey McCoy on board.
  • Champion jockey Tony McCoy, on board Best Mate, finished in second while Bacchanal took third.
  • Etherington has booked Paul Fessey to ride Evening Press, the same jockey who was on board last time she ran.
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on-board 2

Pronunciation: /ˈɒnbɔːd/


1Available or situated on board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle: on-board catering staff the on-board computer controls all critical functions on the ship
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  • Visitors will be able to sample what life was like for sailors in the 18th century with on-board displays until the ship sets sail again on June 14.
  • This week, engineers shut down one of the three on-board gyroscopes, leaving the telescope to operate on only two.
  • Military pilots manage complex on-board systems and have limited ability to watch for civilian traffic.
2 (onboard) Denoting or controlled from a facility or feature incorporated into the main circuit board of a computer or computerized device: there’s 8GB of onboard memory
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  • However, Mariner 9 was the first craft to carry an on-board computer allowing mission control to reload new instructions.
  • Each end-user receives a token, a USB-based device and some on-board software.
  • So why should one buy a dedicated sound card if on-board solutions provide satisfactory features?


(onboard) [with object]
Go through procedures to effectively integrate (a new employee) into an organization or familiarize (a new customer or client) with one’s products or services: this data has tremendous value in helping to onboard new hires and manage their performance my focus has been restructuring how we do things when we onboard a client
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  • But as soon as we onboarded more content oriented clients, a single machine was not scaling well for us.
  • We are delighted to have onboarded such a talented pool of individuals who will be vital in helping the company evolve to the next phase of its growth.
  • The ultimate goal is to make it simple to get users onboarded and authorized quickly.
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