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BOARD. This word is used to designate all the magistrates of a city or borough, or all the managers or directors of any institution; as, the board of aldermen; the board of directors of the Bank of North America. The majority of the board have in general the power to perform the acts of the whole board, but sometimes they are restrained by their charters, and it requires a greater number to perform certain acts.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Young artists in Tyneside are getting ready to tread the boards to raise cash for charity.
A homegrown actress is set to tread the boards at this month's Edinburgh Festival.
Underworld star Michael Sheen, who was raised in the Port Talbot area, just like Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins, before him, last night told viewers of S4C's i Dot show the acting legends had made it easier for him to tread the boards too.
And Hollywood stars are trading Broadway for London with Al Pacino, Gwyneth Paltrow and Glenn Close all set to tread the boards here this year.
Not only did the PM's wife tread the boards at Clwyd Theatr Cymru where her father Tony starred as Brutus in Julius Caesar in 1978, she was also wearing a gold ring once owned by her stepmother Pat Phoenix alias Elsie Tanner from Coronation Street.
NOW everyone will be able to tread the boards in the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.
The contest has seen the likes of Stan Boardman, Bob Carolgees and Rick Astley tread the boards of the Floral Hall.
CLOSET thespians are being invited to tread the boards and let their theatrical skills shine.
He's a Hollywood film star, a literary giant and he's about to tread the boards at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.
But when Charles II issues a royal decree, at the behest of his mistress Nell Gwyn (Tapper), permitting women to act and forbidding men from taking their roles, Ned watches forlornly as his dresser, Maria (Danes), becomes the first woman to tread the boards.