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Definitions of box

  1. put into a box; " box the gift, please"
  2. a blow with the hand ( usually on the ear); " I gave him a good box on the ear"
  3. a ( usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; " he rummaged through a box of spare parts"
  4. separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people; " the sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold"
  5. private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance; " the royal box was empty"
  6. the driver's seat on a coach; " an armed guard sat in the box with the driver"
  7. any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned; " the umpire warned the batter to stay in the batter's box"
  8. evergreen shrubs or small trees
  9. a rectangular drawing; " the flowchart contained many boxes"
  10. engage in a boxing match; in sport
  11. a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible; " his lying got him into a tight corner"
  12. engage in a boxing match
  13. hit with the fist; " I'll box your ears!"
  14. 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 ( B. 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.
  15. A receptacle or case of any firm material and of various shapes.
  16. The quantity that a box contain.
  17. A space with a few seats partitioned off in a theater, or other place of public amusement.
  18. A chest or any receptacle for the deposit of money; as, a poor box; a contribution box.
  19. A boxlike shed for shelter; as, a sentry box.
  20. An axle box, journal box, journal bearing, or bushing.
  21. A chamber or section of tube in which a valve works; the bucket of a lifting pump.
  22. The driver's seat on a carriage or coach.
  23. A present in a box; a present; esp. a Christmas box or gift.
  24. The square in which the pitcher stands.
  25. To inclose in a box.
  26. To furnish with boxes, as a wheel.
  27. To inclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form.
  28. A blow on the head or ear with the hand.
  29. To fight with the fist; to combat with, or as with, the hand or fist; to spar.
  30. To boxhaul.
  31. An evergreen shrub; a case or container with a bottom and sides, which has, or may have, a lid; the quantity such a case contains; the driver's seat on a carriage; a compartment in a theater or other public place; a place of shelter for a man on duty; as a sentry box; a blow on the head with the fist or hand.
  32. To shut up in a box; to confine; to stow; to pack; to strike with the fist or hand.
  33. To fight with the fists.
  34. A tree remarkable for the hardness and smoothness of its wood: a case or receptable for holding anything: the contents of a box: a small house or lodge: a private seat in a theatre: the driver's seat on a carriage. - TO BE IN A BOX, to be in difficulty, or in a compromising position. ( Amer.) The phrase TO BE IN THE WRONG BOX has, It seems, a respectable antiquity. “ if you will hear how St. Augustine expoundeth that place, you shall perceive that you are in a wrong box."- Ridley ( 1554). “ I perceive that you and I are in a wrong box."- J. Udall ( 1588).
  35. To put into or . furnish with boxex.
  36. To strike with the hand or fist.
  37. An evergreen tree, or its wood; a wooden case; seat in a theatre; the driver's seat in a carriage; a blow with the hand.
  38. To put in a box; to strike with the hand.
  39. To put into or furnish with a box; often with up.
  40. To cuff or buffet.
  41. To spar, as with boxing- gloves.
  42. A case, as of wood or metal; a coachman's raised seat.
  43. The quantity that a box will hold.
  44. A slap or cuff.
  45. A small tree or shrub of the spurge family; also, its wood, called boxwood.
  46. A case of any size and material for containing anything; the contents of the case; a money- chest; the case that contains the compass; an enclosed space, such as a seat in a theatre; a cylindrical hollow iron used in wheels, in which the axletree runs; a hollow tube in a pump, closed with a valve; the driver's seat on a coach; a small lodge.
  47. A blow with the hand or fist.
  48. A shrub with its wood.
  49. To enclose in a box; to furnish with a box; to make a hole or cut in a tree, to procure the sap.
  50. To give a box to.
  51. To make to turn on her keel. To box the compass, to go over the points of the compass in either order. Wrong box, mistaken.
  52. To strike with the hand or fist, especially to strike on the ear, or on the side of the head.
  53. A case or hollow vessel of any size and shape, and made of any material; a seat separated from others; a shrub having a fine close- grained wood.
  54. To enclose.
  55. A blow with the fists or clenched hands.

Usage examples for box

  1. This paper- box strike is a lot more important than that meeting." – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  2. They took a table in a box. – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  3. He took up the box. – The Irish Fairy Book by Various
  4. The box is good and big. – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  5. Why, Joe, things will keep jest as well in that box as they would in one of your tony 'frigerators, an' I ain't sure but it's better. – The Princess and Joe Potter by James Otis
  6. Where's my Christmas box? – My Book of Indoor Games by Clarence Squareman
  7. " Then the box has been opened," said Brian. – Under Padlock and Seal by Charles Harold Avery
  8. He found nothing in his box. – Dorian by Nephi Anderson
  9. Rose knew what was in the box. – The-Chaperon by James, Henry
  10. " I'd forgotten a most important paper," said he, as he relocked the box. – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  11. Won't you take the box, Capitano? – A Queen's Error by Henry Curties
  12. I say, can't you put the things inside, and then I can ride on the box? – The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch by Talbot Baines Reed
  13. He took them gently off the perch and put them in a box. – The Sun's Babies by Edith Howes
  14. He heard every word that came in about that hot box. – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  15. The box, having filled with water just as I had feared it would do, sank slowly down, and we were left in the water. – The Mysterious Shin Shira by George Edward Farrow
  16. Maybe we can box him in. – Code Three by Rick Raphael
  17. And may I have a box to put my money in? – A Missionary Twig by Emma L. Burnett
  18. Yes, the box was there! – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  19. Jimmy, can't you see my box? – The Truth About America by Edward Money
  20. He closed the door after him, and sat down on a box. – Ralph of the Roundhouse by Allen Chapman
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