sand·​box ˈsan(d)-ˌbäks How to pronounce sandbox (audio)
plural sandboxes
: a box or receptacle containing loose sand
especially : a box that contains sand for children to play in
: 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 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 : open world
… 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 noun
a sandbox game
Video 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
: 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
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 (North Carolina) Business Journal

Examples of sandbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That non-endorsement of the former Twitter, now Elon Musk’s social-media sandbox, came during a Friday panel on the future of X at the VidCon conference. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 29 June 2024 Derek Connolly, the franchise scribe whose work includes Jurassic World movies and Detective Pikachu, has a new sandbox in which to play. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2024 As the only Star Wars title set in the time of the High Republic a couple of centuries before the prequels, Young Jedi Adventures has a much bigger sandbox in which to play than any other title in this list, exploring different species and cultures without having to worry about plot. Rafael Motamayor, Vulture, 4 June 2024 For Beach Boys’ legions of fans, not digging too deep into the sandbox might just be fine. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for sandbox 

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Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sandbox was in 1572

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“Sandbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


sand·​box -ˌbäks How to pronounce sandbox (audio)
: a box for holding sand especially for children to play in

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