box: Meaning and Definition of
- a container, case, or receptacle, usually rectangular, of wood, metal, cardboard, etc., and often with a lid or removable cover.
- the quantity contained in a box: She bought a box of candy as a gift.
- a gift or present: a Christmas box.
- a compartment or section in a public place, shut or railed off for the accommodation of a small number of people, esp. in a theater, opera house, sports stadium, etc.
- a small enclosure or area in a courtroom, for witnesses or the jury.
- a small shelter: a sentry's box.
- a shooting box.
- a small house, cabin, or cottage, as for use while hunting:a shooting box.
- a telephone booth.
- a wardrobe trunk.
- the driver's seat on a coach.
- the section of a wagon in which passengers or parcels are carried.
- the section of a truck in which cargo is carried.
- television: Are there any good shows on the box tonight?
- part of a page of a newspaper or periodical set off in some manner, as by lines, a border, or white space.
- any enclosing, protective case or housing, sometimes including its contents: a gear box; a fire-alarm box.
- either of two marked spaces, one on each side of the plate, in which the batter stands.
- either of two marked spaces, one outside of first base and the other outside of third, where the coaches stand.
- the pitcher's mound.
- the marked space where the catcher stands.
- a difficult situation; predicament.
- a bowl or pit cut in the side of a tree for collecting sap.
- a stringed instrument, as a guitar.
- a piano.
- a phonograph.
- a large, powerful portable radio or combination radio and cassette player.
- a computer.
- a coffin.
- the vulva or vagina.
- basket (def. 9).
- remarkable or exceptional; extraordinary.
- to put into a box: She boxed the glassware before the movers came.
- to enclose or confine as in a box (often fol. by in or up).
- to furnish with a box.
- to form into a box or the shape of a box.
- to block so as to keep from passing or achieving better position (often fol. by in): The Ferrari was boxed in by two other cars on the tenth lap.
- to group together for consideration as one unit: to box bills in the legislature.
- to enclose or conceal (a building or structure) as with boarding.
- to make a hole or cut in (a tree) for sap to collect.
- to mix (paint, varnish, or the like) by pouring from one container to another and back again.
- to mix groups of sheep that should be kept separated.
- to confuse someone or something.
- to position oneself between an opposing player and the basket to hinder the opposing player from rebounding or tipping in a shot; block out.
- a blow, as with the hand or fist: He gave the boy a box on his ear.
- to strike with the hand or fist, esp. on the ear.
- to fight against (someone) in a boxing match.
- to fight with the fists; participate in a boxing match; spar.
- to be a professional or experienced prizefighter or boxer: He has boxed since he was 16.
- an evergreen shrub or small tree of the genus Buxus, esp. B. sempervirens, having shiny, elliptic, dark-green leaves, used for ornamental borders, hedges, etc., and yielding a hard, durable wood.
- the wood itself. Cf. boxwood (defs. 1, 2).
- any of various other shrubs or trees, esp. species of eucalyptus.
- to boxhaul (often fol. by off&hasp;).
- to fly around the center of a storm in a boxlike pattern in order to gather meteorological data: to box a storm.
- to recite all of the points of the compass in a clockwise order.
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