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

  • n. A container typically constructed with four sides perpendicular to the base and often having a lid or cover.
  • n. The amount or quantity that such a container can hold.
  • n. A square or rectangle: Draw a box around your answer.
  • n. A separated compartment in a public place of entertainment, such as a theater or stadium, for the accommodation of a small group.
  • n. An area of a public place, such as a courtroom or stadium, marked off and restricted for use by persons performing a specific function: a jury box.
  • n. A small structure serving as a shelter: a sentry box.
  • n. Chiefly British A small country house used as a sporting lodge: a shooting box.
  • n. A box stall.
  • n. The raised seat for the driver of a coach or carriage.
  • n. Baseball An area on a diamond marked by lines designating where the batter may stand.
  • n. Baseball Any of various designated areas for other team members, such as the pitcher, catcher, and coaches.
  • n. Sports A penalty box.
  • n. Printing Featured printed matter enclosed by hairlines, a border, or white space and placed within or between text columns.
  • n. A hollow made in the side of a tree for the collection of sap.
  • n. A post office box.
  • n. An inbox.
  • n. An outbox.
  • n. An insulating, enclosing, or protective casing or part in a machine.
  • n. A signaling device enclosed in a casing: an alarm box.
  • n. A cable box.
  • n. Informal A television.
  • n. A very large portable radio.
  • n. Chiefly British A gift or gratuity, especially one given at Christmas.
  • n. An awkward or perplexing situation; a predicament.
  • n. Vulgar Slang The vulva and the vagina.
  • transitive v. To pack in a box.
  • transitive v. To confine in or as if in a box.
  • transitive v. To border or enclose with or as if with a box: Key sections of the report are boxed off.
  • transitive v. To provide a housing or case for (a machine part, for example).
  • transitive v. To limit the activity or influence of by or as if by creating a restrictive structure or outlining a territory: The legislature was boxed in by its earlier decisions.
  • transitive v. Sports To block (a competitor or opponent) from advancing, especially to hinder an opponent from getting a rebound in basketball by placing oneself between the opponent and the basket: was boxed out by the tallest player on the team; was boxed in on the homestretch.
  • transitive v. Nautical To boxhaul.
  • transitive v. To cut a hole in (a tree) for the collection of sap.
  • transitive v. To blend (paint) by pouring alternately between two containers.
  • transitive v. To change the shape of (a structure, such as a wall) by applying lath and plaster or boarding.
  • idiom box the compass To name the 32 points of the compass in proper order.
  • idiom box the compass To make a complete revolution or reversal.
  • idiom in a box Informal In a very difficult or restrictive situation.
  • n. A slap or blow with the hand or fist: a box on the ear.
  • transitive v. To hit with the hand or fist.
  • transitive v. Sports To take part in a boxing match with.
  • intransitive v. To fight with the fists or in a boxing match.
  • n. Any of several evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Buxus, especially the Eurasian species B. sempervirens, having opposite, leathery, simple leaves and clusters of unisexual flowers. It is widely grown as a hedge plant.
  • n. The hard, light yellow wood of these plants, used to make musical instruments, rulers, inlays, and engraving blocks.
  • n. Any of several other shrubs or trees with similar foliage or timber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cuboid container, usually with a hinged lid.
  • n. As much as fills a such a container.
  • n. A compartment of a storage furniture, or of a part of such a furniture, such as of a drawer, shelving, etc.
  • n. A compartment to sit in at a theater, courtroom or auditorium.
  • n. A small rectangular shelter like a booth.
  • n. A rectangular border around an image or section of text.
  • n. A small, empty area on a writable document, delimited by a border, for filling with a tick mark or an ex.
  • n. An input field on an interactive electronic display.
  • n. A numbered receptacle at a newspaper office for anonymous replies to advertisements.
  • n. A trap or predicament.
  • n. The driver's seat on a coach.
  • n. A hard protector for the genitals worn by a batsman or close fielder inside the underpants.
  • n. A cylindrical casing around for example a bearing or gland.
  • n. The penalty area.
  • n. A computer, or the case in which it is housed. usage syn. transl.
  • n. Television.
  • n. The vagina.
  • n. coffin.
  • n. A pattern usually performed with three balls where the movements of the balls make a boxlike shape.
  • n. Horse box.
  • v. To place inside a box; to pack in boxes.
  • v. To hem in.
  • v. To place a value of a primitive type into a corresponding object.
  • v. To mix two containers of paint of similar color to ensure that the color is identical.
  • n. Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Buxus.
  • n. Boxwood: the wood from a box tree.
  • n. A blow with the fist.
  • v. To strike with the fists.
  • v. this sense?) (transitive, Jamaica, African American Vernacular) To punch (a person).
  • v. To fight against (a person) in a boxing match.
  • v. To participate in boxing; to be a boxer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tree or shrub, flourishing in different parts of the world. The common box (Buxus sempervirens) has two varieties, one of which, the dwarf box (Buxus suffruticosa), is much used for borders in gardens. The wood of the tree varieties, being very hard and smooth, is extensively used in the arts, as by turners, engravers, mathematical instrument makers, etc.
  • n. A receptacle or case of any firm material and of various shapes.
  • n. The quantity that a box contain.
  • n. A space with a few seats partitioned off in a theater, or other place of public amusement.
  • n. A chest or any receptacle for the deposit of money.
  • n. A small country house.
  • n. A boxlike shed for shelter.
  • n.
  • n. An axle box, journal box, journal bearing, or bushing.
  • n. A chamber or section of tube in which a valve works; the bucket of a lifting pump.
  • n. The driver's seat on a carriage or coach.
  • n. A present in a box; a present; esp. a Christmas box or gift.
  • n. The square in which the pitcher stands.
  • n. A Mediterranean food fish; the bogue.
  • n. A blow on the head or ear with the hand.
  • intransitive v. To fight with the fist; to combat with, or as with, the hand or fist; to spar.
  • transitive v. To inclose in a box.
  • transitive v. To furnish with boxes, as a wheel.
  • transitive v. To inclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form.
  • transitive v. To strike with the hand or fist, especially to strike on the ear, or on the side of the head.
  • transitive v. To boxhaul.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place in a box; inclose as in a box; confine; hoard.
  • To furnish with a box, as a wheel.
  • To make a hole or cut (in a tree) for the sap to collect: as, to box a maple.
  • Nautical, to cause (a vessel) to turn short round on her heel by bracing the head-yards aback: sometimes followed by off: as, to box off a vessel. See haul.
  • To form into a box or the shape of a box: as, to box the scenes on a stage.
  • To beat; thrash; strike with the fist or hand; especially, to strike on the ear or side of the head: as, “they box her about the ears,”
  • To fight with the fists, whether bare or incased in boxing-gloves; combat with or as with the hands or fists.
  • To mix up or allow to be mixed up (things, such as different flocks of sheep, which should be kept apart).
  • To grain or board on the grain side with a graining-board, to give skin a rough or pebbled effect.
  • n. A small evergreen tree or shrub, Buxus sempervirens, a dwarfed variety of which is used for ornamental hedges, and in gardening as an edging for flower-beds. See Buxus and boxwood.
  • n. A case or receptacle for articles or materials of any kind.
  • n. A money-chest, especially one in which money for some particular purpose is collected or kept: as, a poor-box; a missionary-box.
  • n. The quantity that a box contains.
  • n. A receptacle under the driver's seat on a carriage; hence, the seat itself.
  • n. A package or case of presents, especially Christmas presents.
  • n. A compartment or place shut or railed off for the accommodation of a small number of people in a public place.
  • n. A separate compartment or a roomy stall for a horse in a stable or railroad-car.
  • n. A place of shelter for one or two men engaged in the performance of certain duties: as, a sentry-box; a signalman's box.
  • n. A snug house; a small country-house for temporary use during the continuance of some sport, as of hunting: as, a shooting-box.
  • n. In machinery: A cylindrical hollow iron in a wheel, in which the axle runs.
  • n. In a pump: The cap covering the top of the pump. A pump-bucket. A hollow plunger with a lifting-valve. A casing about a valve.
  • n. The pulley-case in a draw-loom on which rest the rollers that conduct the tail-cords.
  • n. The receptacle for a shuttle at the end of the lathe of a loom.
  • n. The socket for the screw in a screw-vise.
  • n. The opening into which the end of a rib-saw is wedged.
  • n. In carpentry, a trough for cutting miters. See miter-box.
  • n. Nautical, the space between the back-board and the stern-post of a boat, where the coxswain sits.
  • n. In founding, the flask or frame which holds the sand.
  • n. The keeper into which the bolt of a lock enters in locking. Also called the staple of the lock.—14. In a printers' case, the compartment for a single character: as, the n-box is empty; the comma-box.
  • n. A battery for wild-fowl shooting; a sink-box.
  • n. A blow of any kind.
  • n. A blow; specifically, a blow on the head with the fist, or on the ear with the open hand.
  • n. A name in Australia (usually with a distinctive epithet, as bastard, black, white, etc.) of many eucalypts, and of a few trees of the genus Tristania, belonging to the same family: applied chiefly because of the qualities of their timber, which more or less resembles true boxwood.
  • n. In machinery: A die for cutting the thread on a wooden screw.
  • n. In irrigation, a device for measuring water through a small flume of rectangular section.
  • n. In turpentine-making, the cavity cut in a pine-tree to receive the resin which flows from the scarified surface above.
  • n. In mining, a small mine-car; a hutch; a tub.
  • n. A mix-up of things that should be kept apart, as different flocks or mobs of sheep.
  • n. A sparoid fish, Box boops, known from the Mediterranean to the southern coast of England.

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

  • n. a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible
  • n. the driver's seat on a coach
  • n. a rectangular drawing
  • v. engage in a boxing match
  • n. the quantity contained in a box
  • n. private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance
  • n. any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned
  • n. evergreen shrubs or small trees
  • n. separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people
  • n. a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
  • v. hit with the fist
  • n. a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)
  • v. put into a box


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

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin buxis, from Greek puxis, from puxos, box tree.
Middle English.
Middle English, from Old English, from Latin buxus, from Greek puxos.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English box, from Proto-Germanic *buhsiz (cf. Dutch bus ("bush of a wheel"), German Büchse, Swedish hjulbössa ("wheel-box")), from Late Latin buxis ("box"), from Ancient Greek πυξίς (pyxis, "boxwood box"), from πύξος (pyxos, "box tree").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin buxus, from Ancient Greek πύξος (puksos, "box tree").

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Middle English boxen ("to box, beat") and box ("a blow, a hit"), of unknown origin but apparently akin to Middle Dutch boke ("a blow, a hit"), Middle High German buc ("a blow"), Danish bask ("a blow"). See also Ancient Greek πύξ (pux), πυγμή (pugmē) (fist, pugilism)


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