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noun (1)

box·​ing ˈbäk-siŋ How to pronounce boxing (audio)
: the art of attack and defense with the fists practiced as a sport


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noun (2)

: an act of enclosing in a box
: a boxlike enclosure : casing
: material used for boxes and casings

Examples of boxing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Former heavyweight boxing champion and legal weed entrepreneur Mike Tyson on Tuesday unveiled a new line of cannabis seeds that is now available to home growers through a collaboration with the famed pot seed bank Royal Queen Seeds. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 In 2019, Max directed the boxing film Jungleland which starred Charlie Hunnam. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024 Mickey’s, 1203 Washington Ave., 538-1242: Without the name, this would be nothing but a glorified Bennigan’s, complete with full restaurant service, pool tables, elegant decor, lots of boxing memorabilia and a nice-size dance floor. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 They were then supposed to fight in December last year, but Fury’s difficult victory over former MMA champion Francis Ngannou – in which Fury claimed a controversial win over the boxing debutant – in October pushed those dates back. Ben Morse, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 At Carillon Miami, guests can challenge themselves with boot camps, boxing courses, yoga classes, or hydrotherapy sessions that end in an igloo-style cooling suite. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 7 Feb. 2024 Major Bets likened the confrontations to a boxing match. Marc Santora Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 And that was my first foray really into doing a boxing event. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 31 Jan. 2024 While kangaroos are generally peaceful, males may engage in boxing matches, especially during mating season, to establish dominance. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1711, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of boxing was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Boxing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the sport of fighting with the fists

Medical Definition


box·​ing ˈbäk-siŋ How to pronounce boxing (audio)
: construction of the base of a dental cast by building up the walls of an impression while preserving important landmarks
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