Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A low box filled with sand for children to play in.
  • n. A litter box, especially for a cat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A children's play area consisting of a box filled with sand.
  • n. A box filled with sand that is shaped to form a mould for metal casting.
  • n. An isolated area where a program can be executed with a restricted portion of the resources available.
  • n. A page on a wiki where users are free to experiment without destroying or damaging any legitimate content.
  • v. To restrict (a program, etc.) by placing it in a sandbox.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a plaything consisting of a pile of sand or a box filled with sand for children to play in
  • n. mold consisting of a box with sand shaped to mold metal

Etymologies

sand +‎ box. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That corner of the sandbox is already occupied, and art tends to dislike the sandbox-bully of religion for its own reasons.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • Not a surprise, really – the only decent news on radio in the sandbox is the BBC World Service.

    Think Progress » BREAKING: Barber Cancels Ed Schultz’s Debut on Armed Forces Radio

  • The sandbox is one in which you have to agree to disagree I guess.

    USA Today Profiles Danny Sullivan

  • The phrase "playing in someone else's sandbox" is not so much about the sand but about the * toys.

    The Fanfiction Kerfuffle

  • In January, the simmering feud between O'Neal and Bryant was taken public, prompting coach Phil Jackson to call it "sandbox stuff," and

    USATODAY.com - Shaq wins another MVP award

  • "We started out as a consultancy to help artists that were kicked out of the major-label sandbox, but could still sell 20,000 or 50,000 units - could earn a living from that," Macias says.

    NPR Topics: News

  • This will not change unless business users are given and encouraged to use a business process "sandbox" - a safe place in which to build their skills and test their ideas about which process needs more or less agility, where the flex point should be, what the effects are of one change versus another, how change affects process performance and process partners, and more.

    The Unreasonable Man

  • To make sure that doesn't happen, scientists are experimenting in a "sandbox" -- a simulated Martian surface at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

    dispatch.com: RSS

  • But think about that) and crying that other people are playing in your sandbox is dangerously close to telling readers that they shouldn't like what they like and you know better about what they do or should enjoy than they do.

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • You’re amazing – and your advice on how to make a sandbox is just what I needed.

    Designing a WordPress Theme: Building a Post Sandbox « Lorelle on WordPress

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  • The polka band I saw at Czech Days last Friday took a lot of breaks. At one point I heard the bandleader say, "Okay, folks, I've gotta drink a glass of milk, have some pivo, and then hit the sandbox."

    August 13, 2010