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box

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noun, \ˈbäks\

Definition of box

plural box or boxes

  1. :  an evergreen shrub or small tree (genus Buxus of the family Buxaceae, the box family) with opposite entire leaves and capsular fruits; especially :  a widely cultivated shrub (B. sempervirens) used for hedges, borders, and topiary figures



Origin of box

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin buxus, from Greek pyxos


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

Rhymes with box


2

box

noun

Definition of box

  1. 1 :  a rigid typically rectangular container with or without a cover <a cigar box>: as a :  an open cargo container of a vehicle b :  coffin

  2. 2 :  the contents of a box especially as a measure of quantity

  3. 3 :  a box or boxlike container and its contents: as a British :  a gift in a box b :  an automobile transmission c :  television d :  a signaling apparatus <alarm box> e :  a usually self-contained piece of electronic equipment f :  boom box

  4. 4 :  an often small space, compartment, or enclosure: as a :  an enclosed group of seats for spectators (as in a theater or stadium) b :  a driver's seat on a carriage or coach c :  a cell for holding mail d British :  box stall e :  penalty box

  5. 5 :  a usually rectangular space that is frequently outlined or demarcated on a surface: as a :  any of six spaces on a baseball diamond where the batter, coaches, pitcher, and catcher stand b :  a space on a page for printed matter or in which to make a mark

  6. 6 :  predicament, fix

  7. 7 :  a cubical building

  8. 8 :  the limitations of conventionality <trying to think outside the box>

boxful play \-fu̇l\ noun
boxlike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective


Origin of box

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin buxis, from Greek pyxis, from pyxos box tree


First Known Use: before 12th century

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box

verb

Definition of box

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to enclose in or as if in a box

  3. 2 :  to hem in (as an opponent) —usually used with in, out, or up <boxed out the tackle>



15th Century

First Known Use of box

15th century


4

box

noun

Definition of box

  1. :  a punch or slap especially on the ear



Origin of box

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century


5

box

verb

Definition of box

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hit (as the ears) with the hand

  3. 2 :  to engage in boxing with

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to fight with the fists :  engage in boxing



1519

First Known Use of box

1519


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box

verb

Definition of box

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to name the 32 points of (the compass) in their order —used figuratively in the phrase box the compass to describe making a complete reversal



Origin of box

probably from Spanish bojar to circumnavigate, from Catalan vogir to turn, from Latin volvere to roll — more at voluble


First Known Use: 1713



BOX Defined for Kids

1

box

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noun \ˈbäks\

Definition of box for Students

  1. :  an evergreen shrub or small tree used for hedges




2

box

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noun

Definition of box for Students

  1. 1 :  a container usually having four sides, a bottom, and a cover

  2. 2 :  the contents of a box <Don't eat the whole box of candy!>

  3. 3 :  a four-sided shape on a piece of paper or computer screen <Put an X in the box.>

  4. 4 :  an enclosed place for one or more persons <a penalty box>




3

box

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verb

Definition of box for Students

boxedboxing

  1. :  to enclose in or as if in a box




4

box

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verb

Definition of box for Students

boxedboxing

  1. :  to fight with the fists





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