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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Board·ing, n.
 1. Naut. The act of entering a ship, whether with a hostile or a friendly purpose.
    Both slain at one time, as they attempted the boarding of a frigate.   --Sir F. Drake.
 2. The act of covering with boards; also, boards, collectively; or a covering made of boards.
 3. The act of supplying, or the state of being supplied, with regular or specified meals, or with meals and lodgings, for pay.
 Boarding house, a house in which boarders are kept.
 Boarding nettings Naut., a strong network of cords or ropes erected at the side of a ship to prevent an enemy from boarding it.
 Boarding pike Naut., a pike used by sailors in boarding a vessel, or in repelling an attempt to board it. --Totten.
 Boarding school, a school in which pupils receive board and lodging as well as instruction.