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The Definition of - box (noun)

    noun
    1.
    a container, case, or receptacle, usually rectangular, of wood, metal, cardboard, etc., and often with a lid or removable cover.
    2.
    the quantity contained in a box:
    She bought a box of candy as a gift.
    3.
    Chiefly British. a gift or present:
    a Christmas box.
    5.
    a compartment or section in a public place, shut or railed off for the accommodation of a small number of people, especially in a theater, opera house, sports stadium, etc.
    6.
    a small enclosure or area in a courtroom, for witnesses or the jury.
    7.
    a small shelter:
    a sentry's box.
    8.
    British.
    1. a small house, cabin, or cottage, as for use while hunting:
      a shooting box.
    2. a telephone booth.
    3. a wardrobe trunk.
    9.
    10.
    the driver's seat on a coach.
    11.
    the section of a wagon in which passengers or parcels are carried.
    12.
    Automotive. the section of a truck in which cargo is carried.
    13.
    the box, Informal. television:
    Are there any good shows on the box tonight?
    14.
    part of a page of a newspaper or periodical set off in some manner, as by lines, a border, or white space.
    15.
    any enclosing, protective case or housing, sometimes including its contents:
    a gear box; a fire-alarm box.
    16.
    Baseball.
    1. either of two marked spaces, one on each side of the plate, in which the batter stands.
    2. either of two marked spaces, one outside of first base and the other outside of third, where the coaches stand.
    3. the pitcher's mound.
    4. the marked space where the catcher stands.
    17.
    a difficult situation; predicament.
    18.
    Agriculture. a bowl or pit cut in the side of a tree for collecting sap.
    19.
    Jazz Slang.
    1. a stringed instrument, as a guitar.
    2. a piano.
    20.
    Informal.
    1. a phonograph.
    2. a boom box.
    3. a computer.
    21.
    Slang. a coffin.
    22.
    Slang: Vulgar.
    1. the vulva or vagina.
    2. basket (def 9).
    verb (used with object)
    23.
    to put into a box:
    She boxed the glassware before the movers came.
    24.
    to enclose or confine as in a box (often followed by in or up).
    25.
    to furnish with a box.
    26.
    to form into a box or the shape of a box.
    27.
    to block so as to keep from passing or achieving better position (often followed by in):
    The Ferrari was boxed in by two other cars on the tenth lap.
    28.
    to group together for consideration as one unit:
    to box bills in the legislature.
    29.
    Building Trades. to enclose or conceal (a building or structure) as with boarding.
    30.
    Agriculture. to make a hole or cut in (a tree) for sap to collect.
    31.
    to mix (paint, varnish, or the like) by pouring from one container to another and back again.
    32.
    Australian.
    1. to mix groups of sheep that should be kept separated.
    2. to confuse someone or something.
    Verb phrases
    33.
    box out, Basketball. to position oneself between an opposing player and the basket to hinder the opposing player from rebounding or tipping in a shot; block out.
    Idioms
    34.
    out of the box, Australian Slang. remarkable or exceptional; extraordinary.
    35.
    outside the box, Informal. in an innovative or unconventional manner; with a fresh perspective:
    You have to think outside the box and adapt those strategies to your business.
    Also, out of the box.

Word Example of - box

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    Example Sentences for box

    “Here they are,” said the woman, taking some pieces of work from a box.

    “I wish I had my box,” said John, who had been watching the running water.

    I have wasted all afternoon in looking at a box of novels from Melland's.

    There was a knock on the door of the box, and an attendant put in his head.

    I may fall down in the World Series and be batted out of the box.

    The Giant took him and shut him in a box till he would speak.

    She laid aside her bonnet and shawl, and pointed to a box of cigars on the table.

    He shut him up in a box and carried him home to the children for supper.

    We have been busy renewing the Box edgings to our flower-beds where it was required.

    "You can each of you have a handful," said aunt Madge, reaching down the box.

Word Origin & History of - box

    Word Origin & History

    box O.E. box "a wooden container," also "type of shrub," from L.L. buxis, from Gk. pyxis "boxwood box," from pyxos "box tree," of uncertain origin. Ger. Büchse also is a Latin loan word. Slang meaning "vulva" is attested 17c., according to "Dictionary of American Slang;" modern use seems to date from c.WWII, perhaps originally Australian, and on notion of "box of tricks." Boxy is attested from 1861. Box office is 1786; in the figurative sense of "financial element of a performance" it is first recorded 1904.

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