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MFA Acc. #: 2000.688


1) A long, flat plank of sawed lumber.

2) A stiff paper product greater than 0.012 inches in thickness. Examples are paperboard, bristol board, illustration board, academy board, and cardboard.

3) A flat card containing electronic chips and printed conductive paths. Also called circuit boards, they are used in computers and other 'smart' equipment.

MFA Acc. #: 48.795

Synonyms and Related Terms

1. plank, panel; planche (Fr.); panneau (Fr.); tabla (Esp.); panel (Esp.); tavola (It.)

 3. circuit board; carte (Fr.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982