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box

noun \ ˈbäks \

Definition of box

plural box or boxes
: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 and Etymology of box

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

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box

noun

Definition of box

1 :a rigid typically rectangular container with or without a cover
  • a cigar box
: such as
a :an open cargo container of a vehicle
b :coffin
2 :the contents of a box especially as a measure of quantity
3 :a box or boxlike container and its contents: such as
a British :a gift in a box
b :an automobile transmission
d :a signaling apparatus
  • alarm box
e :a usually self-contained piece of electronic equipment
4 :an often small space, compartment, or enclosure: such 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
5 :a usually rectangular space that is frequently outlined or demarcated on a surface: such 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
c :the intersection of two roads especially when treated as an area where vehicles are prohibited from stopping because doing so would interfere with traffic flow
  • Don't block the box.
7 :a cubical building
8 :the limitations of conventionality
  • trying to think outside the box

boxful

play \-fu̇l\ noun

boxlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of box

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

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box

verb

Definition of box

transitive verb
1 :to enclose in or as if in a box
2 :to hem in (someone, such as an opponent) usually used with in, out, or up
  • boxed out the tackle

First Known Use of box

15th century


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box

noun

Definition of box

:a punch or slap especially on the ear

Origin and Etymology of box

Middle English


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box

verb

Definition of box

transitive verb
1 :to hit (something, especially someone's ears) with the hand
2 :to engage in boxing with
intransitive verb
:to fight with the fists :engage in boxing

First Known Use of box

1519


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box

verb

Definition of box

transitive verb
: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 and Etymology of box

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


BOX Defined for Kids

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box

noun \ ˈbäks \

Definition of box for Students

:an evergreen shrub or small tree used for hedges

2

box

noun

Definition of box for Students

1 :a container usually having four sides, a bottom, and a cover
2 :the contents of a box
  • Don't eat the whole box of candy!
3 :a four-sided shape on a piece of paper or computer screen
  • Put an X in the box.
4 :an enclosed place for one or more persons
  • a penalty box

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box

verb

Definition of box for Students

boxed; boxing
:to enclose in or as if in a box

4

box

verb

Definition of box for Students

boxed; boxing
:to fight with the fists


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