sand·​box | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌbäks How to pronounce sandbox (audio) \

Definition of sandbox

1 : a box or receptacle containing loose sand especially : a box that contains sand for children to play in
2 : a place, area, or environment that provides opportunities for variation and experimentation in a way suggestive of children playing in a sandbox The Suttle Lodge is not a full-service hotel. Instead, it is better thought of as a sandbox: it provides all the amenities for you to create your own ideal experience.— Lance Richardson : such as
a : a video game or part of a video game in which the player is not constrained to achieving specific goals and has a large degree of freedom to explore, interact with, or modify the game environment … Untitled Goose Game is a sandbox in which objectives sometimes feel more like suggestions. I still want to get back in there and just mess with people more—see what happens when I get certain characters to chase me into certain areas, or if others will react to particular items.— Nathan Grayson often used before another nouna sandbox gameVideo games played in sandbox mode, or purpose-built sandbox games, allow the player access to the whole world (the box) at once, and allow her to change that world at will (the sand). There is no preset narrative to force the player to run, hide, or shoot, and no marauders to destroy what she has built.— Alexandra Lange
b : an isolated environment on an electronic device (such as a computer) within which applications cannot affect other programs or data on the device Software development often occurs inside a sandbox, defined as a confined virtual environment in which one or several developers can freely and safely experiment with untested code and new technologies.— Janine Gianfredi Businesses should add an application to their email systems that tags all emails containing a link or attachment. If an employee clicks on the link or attachment, the application launches it in a safe digital environment, called a sandbox, preventing any malicious application from infecting the employee's device or any others connected to it.— Cameron G. Shilling
c business : a controlled environment supervised by a regulatory authority within which existing regulations are relaxed or removed to allow businesses to more freely experiment with new products and services The sandbox enables the development of telemedicine services with close monitoring of all aspects of safety, including clinical processes, medication delivery and data protection, while co-creating the appropriate regulations.— Raymond Chua Other efforts of Carolina Fintech Hub include finding ways to leverage the local supplies of venture capital and corporate capital to help good ideas grow. The organization is working with the North Carolina General Assembly members to bring forth a first-of-its-kind fintech sandbox, which would create a business-friendly environment for fintech startup activity.Charlotte Business Journal (North Carolina)

Examples of sandbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lashley believes in hiring strong individuals who know how to play nice in the sandbox. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "‘What didn’t we innovate?’ asks Top 100 winner Valiant Residential," 12 Nov. 2020 To Landry and many other Republicans, elections must not become the sandbox of billionaire liberals looking to help more people (read: Democrats) vote., "Clandy DuBos: Landry leads parade of GOP hypocrisy on money and elections," 30 Oct. 2020 The former allowed the latter to escape a security sandbox so the latter could execute code on vulnerable machines. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google’s Project Zero discloses Windows 0-day that’s been under active exploit," 30 Oct. 2020 After the contents were enjoyed, this collectible tin often ended up the sandbox as a toy. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Pass the peanuts … please: Yenke Peddler antiques," 29 Oct. 2020 Roblox is essentially a digital sandbox where kids can build their own games -- anything from a simulation of running a virtual restaurant to adopting a pet. Shannon Liao, CNN, "How Roblox became the 'it' game for tweens -- and a massive business," 27 Oct. 2020 The new rules also say each kid in a sandbox must have his or her own shovel and pail. Steve Rubenstein,, "6 feet apart in the sandbox: Playgrounds open again in S.F.," 14 Oct. 2020 The sandbox game has sold over 200 million copies and is one of the best games ever made. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Minecraft Steve Makes His Way Into Super Smash Bros.," 1 Oct. 2020 Microsoft, for instance, has neutered the SYLK file format bug in Microsoft Office, but implied in a statement to WIRED that macros can still be used to break out of Office's sandbox on macOS. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "An '80s File Format Enabled Stealthy Mac Hacking," 5 Aug. 2020

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1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sandbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandbox

US : a low box filled with sand that children can play in


sand·​box | \ ˈsand-ˌbäks How to pronounce sandbox (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandbox

: a large low box for holding sand especially for children to play in

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