Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

sand +‎ box.

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

  • "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

  • 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

  • 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

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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

  • Also see sand-box.

    April 20, 2017