Box meaning

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(vulgar slang) The vulva and the vagina.
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To box is defined as to fist fight or be in a boxing match.

An example of to box is the sport for which Muhammad Ali is famous.

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The raised seat for the driver of a coach or carriage.
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A square or rectangle.

Draw a box around your answer.

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(chiefly british) A small country house used as a sporting lodge.

A shooting box.

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A hollow made in the side of a tree for the collection of sap.
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A post office box.
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A cable box.
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A small structure serving as a shelter.

A sentry box.

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A box stall.
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(chiefly british) A gift or gratuity, especially one given at Christmas.
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An awkward or perplexing situation; a predicament.
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To pack in a box.
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To confine in or as if in a box.
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To border or enclose with or as if with a box.

Key sections of the report are boxed off.

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To provide a housing or case for (a machine part, for example).
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(nautical) To boxhaul.
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To cut a hole in (a tree) for the collection of sap.
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To blend (paint) by pouring alternately between two containers.
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To change the shape of (a structure, such as a wall) by applying lath and plaster or boarding.
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A slap or blow with the hand or fist.

A box on the ear.

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To hit with the hand or fist.
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(sports) To take part in a boxing match with.
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To fight with the fists or in a boxing match.
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Any of various other shrubs or trees with similar foliage or timber, especially several types of eucalyptus.
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Any of various kinds of containers, usually rectangular and lidded, made of cardboard, wood, or other stiff material; case; carton.
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The contents or capacity of a box.
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(chiefly brit.) A gift, esp. a Christmas present, in a box.
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The driver's seat on a coach.
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A boxlike thing, opening, or compartment.
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A small, enclosed group of seats, as in a theater, stadium, etc.
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A small booth or shelter for persons on outdoor duty.

A sentry box.

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A small country house used by sportsmen.

A grouse box.

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A space or section for a certain person or group.

A press box, jury box.

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(chiefly brit., informal) Television or a television set.
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(slang) The vulva or vagina.
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(baseball) Any of certain designated areas outlined on the playing field for the batter, catcher, and first-base and third-base coaches.
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(mech.) A protective casing for a part.

A journal box.

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To provide with a box.
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To put into a box, etc., as for storage or shipment.
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To boxhaul.
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Shaped or made like a box.
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Packaged in a box.
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A blow struck with the hand or fist, esp. on the ear or the side of the head.
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To strike with such a blow.
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To engage in a boxing match with.
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To fight with the fists; engage in boxing.
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Any of a genus (Buxus) of evergreen shrubs or small trees of the box family with small, leathery leaves: some species are used as hedge plants or shaped as garden ornaments.
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Designating a family (Buxaceae, order Euphorbiales) of dicotyledonous evergreen shrubs and trees, including pachysandra.
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(1) An input area. See field.
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A cuboid space; a container, usually with a hinged lid.
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As much as fills a such a container.

A box of books.

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A compartment of a storage furniture, or of a part of such a furniture, such as of a drawer, shelving, etc.
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A compartment to sit in at a theater, courtroom or auditorium.
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A small rectangular shelter like a booth.

A sentry box.

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Place a tick or a cross in the box.

This text would stand out better if we put it in a box of colour.

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A numbered receptacle at a newspaper office for anonymous replies to advertisements.
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A trap or predicament.

I'm really in a box now.

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The driver's seat on a coach.
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(cricket) A hard protector for the genitals worn by a batsman or close fielder inside the underpants.
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(engineering) A cylindrical casing around for example a bearing or gland.
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(soccer) The penalty area.
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(computing, slang) A computer, or the case in which it is housed. usagesyn. transl.

A UNIX box.

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(slang, with the) Television.
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(slang, offensive) The vagina.
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(euphemistic) Coffin.
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(juggling) A pattern usually performed with three balls where the movements of the balls make a boxlike shape.
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Horse box.
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(baseball) The rectangle in which the batter stands.
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A Mediterranean food fish; the bogue.
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(dated) A small country house.

A shooting box.

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To place inside a box; to pack in boxes.
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(usually with 'in') To hem in.
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(computing) To place a value of a primitive type into a corresponding object.
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To mix two containers of paint of similar color to ensure that the color is identical.
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To furnish (e.g. a wheel) with boxes.
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(architecture) To enclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form.
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Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Buxus.
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Boxwood: the wood from a box tree.
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(slang) A musical instrument, especially/usually one made from boxwood.
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A blow with the fist.
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To strike with fists; to punch.

Box someone's ears.

Leave this place before I box you!

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To fight against (a person) in a boxing match.
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(intransitive) To participate in boxing; to be a boxer.
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The definition of a box is a container typically made of cardboard or wood.

An example of box is what someone would put a stuffed animal in to mail it to someone.

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(printing) Featured printed matter enclosed by hairlines, a border, or white space and placed within or between text columns.
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box the compass
  • To name the 32 points of the compass in proper order.
  • To make a complete revolution or reversal.
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(informal) in a box
  • In a very difficult or restrictive situation.
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outside
  • In a strikingly unconventional or original way:
    Thinking outside the box.
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box in
  • to block and thus prevent (another racer) from getting ahead
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box out
  • to block (an opponent) so as to prevent that player from getting a rebound
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box the compass
  • to name the thirty-two points of the compass in order: compasses were kept in boxes
  • to make a complete circuit, returning to the starting point
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box up
  • to keep in; surround or confine
  • to encase with sheathing boards, or laths
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in a box
  • in difficulty or a dilemma
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outside (of) the box
  • in a fresh, inventive, unconventional way
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Origin of box

  • Middle English from Old English from Late Latin buxis from Greek puxis from puxos box tree

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English from Latin buxus from Greek puxos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English box, from Old English box (“box-tree; box, case”), from Proto-Germanic *buhsuz (cf. Dutch bus (“bush of a wheel”), German Büchse, Swedish hjulbössa (“wheel-box”)), from Late Latin buxis (“box”), from Ancient Greek πυξίς (pyxis, “boxwood box”), from πύξος (pyxos, “box tree”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English boxen (“to box, beat”) and box (“a blow, a hit”), of unknown origin but apparently akin to Middle Dutch boke (“a blow, a hit”), Middle High German buc (“a blow”), Danish bask (“a blow”). See also Ancient Greek πύξ (pux), πυγμή (pugmē) (fist, pugilism)

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English, from Old English, from Latin buxus, from Ancient Greek πύξος (puksos, “box tree”).

    From Wiktionary