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aboard (not comparable)
- On board; into or within a ship or boat; hence, into or within a railway car. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- We all climbed aboard.
- On or onto a horse, a camel, etc. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- To sling a saddle aboard.
- (baseball) On base. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- He doubled with two men aboard, scoring them both.
- Into a team, group, or company. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- The office manager welcomed him aboard.
- (nautical) Alongside. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- The ships came close aboard to pass messages.
- The captain laid his ship aboard the enemy's ship.
baseball — see on base
- On board of; onto or into a ship, boat, train, plane. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
2012 March 1, William E. Carter, Merri Sue Carter, “The British Longitude Act Reconsidered”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 87:
- Conditions were horrendous aboard most British naval vessels at the time. Scurvy and other diseases ran rampant, killing more seamen each year than all other causes combined, including combat.
- We all went aboard the ship.
- Onto a horse. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (obsolete) Across; athwart; alongside. [Attested from the early 16th century until the late 17th century.]
1591, Edmund Spenser, Virgil's Gnat:
- Nor iron bands aboard The Pontic Sea by their huge navy cast.
- haul the tacks aboard (something done when one is setting the courses of a ship)
- keep the land aboard : to keep the land alongside one's ship, to hug the shore
- lay (a ship) aboard : to place (a ship) close alongside (another ship) to fight it
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