box

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English[edit]

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A wooden box.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English box, from Old English box (box-tree; box, case), from Proto-Germanic *buhsuz (compare Dutch bus (bush of a wheel), German Büchse, Swedish hjulbössa (wheel-box)), from Late Latin buxis (box), from Ancient Greek πυξίς (puksís, boxwood box), from πύξος (púksos, box tree).

Noun[edit]

box (plural boxes) (see also Usage notes below)

  1. A cuboid space; a container, usually with a hinged lid.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess[1]:
      The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, […].
  2. As much as fills a such a container.
    a box of books
  3. A compartment of a storage furniture, or of a part of such a furniture, such as of a drawer, shelving, etc.
  4. A compartment to sit in at a theater, courtroom or auditorium.
  5. A small rectangular shelter like a booth.
    a sentry box
  6. A rectangle.
    Place a tick or a cross in the box.
    This text would stand out better if we put it in a box of colour.
  7. An input field on an interactive electronic display.
  8. A numbered receptacle at a newspaper office for anonymous replies to advertisements.
  9. A trap or predicament.
    I'm really in a box now.
  10. The driver's seat on a coach.
  11. (cricket)  A hard protector for the genitals worn by a batsman or close fielder inside the underpants.
  12. (engineering)  A cylindrical casing around for example a bearing or gland.
  13. (soccer)  The penalty area.
    • 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, BBC:
      Poised link-up play between Essien and Lampard set the Ghanaian midfielder free soon after but his left-footed shot from outside the box was too weak.
  14. (computing, slang)  A computer, or the case in which it is housed. usage syn. transl.
    a UNIX box
  15. (slang, with the)  Television.
  16. (slang, offensive)  The vagina.
  17. (euphemistic)  Coffin.
  18. (juggling)  A pattern usually performed with three balls where the movements of the balls make a boxlike shape.
  19. Horse box.
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty Chapter 22[2]
      He was a fine-looking middle-aged man, and his voice said at once that he expected to be obeyed. He was very friendly and polite to John, and after giving us a slight look, he called a groom to take us to our boxes, and invited John to take some refreshment.
  20. (baseball) The rectangle in which the batter stands.
  21. A Mediterranean food fish; the bogue.
  22. (dated) A small country house.
    a shooting box
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wilson to this entry?)
    • Cowper
      tight boxes neatly sashed
  23. (informal) box lacrosse
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Verb[edit]

box (third-person singular simple present boxes, present participle boxing, simple past and past participle boxed)

  1. (transitive) To place inside a box; to pack in boxes.
  2. (transitive, usually with 'in') To hem in.
  3. (transitive, computing) To place a value of a primitive type into a corresponding object.
  4. (transitive) To mix two containers of paint of similar color to ensure that the color is identical.
  5. (transitive) To furnish (e.g. a wheel) with boxes.
  6. (architecture) To enclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form.
  7. (transitive) To make an incision or hole in (a tree) for the purpose of procuring the sap.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

box (plural boxes)

  1. Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Buxus.
  2. Boxwood: the wood from a box tree.
    • 1884, John R. Jackson, “Boxwood and its Substitutes”, reprinted in Journal of the Society of Arts, 1885 April 10, page 567:
      Nevertheless, the application of woods other than box for purposes for which that wood is now used would tend to lessen the demand for box, and thus might have an effect in lowering its price.
  3. (slang) A musical instrument, especially/usually one made from boxwood.
    • 1937, Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Harper Perennial (2000), page 100:
      “Evenin’, folks. Thought y’all might lak uh lil music this evenin’ so Ah brought long mah box.”
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  • (evergreen shrub or tree): boxwood
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Etymology 3[edit]

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 (púks), πυγμή (pugmḗ) (fist, pugilism)

Noun[edit]

box (plural boxes)

  1. A blow with the fist.
    • Washington Irving
      And then he whispered something to the girl which made her laugh, and give him a good-humored box on the ear.
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box (third-person singular simple present boxes, present participle boxing, simple past and past participle boxed)

  1. (transitive) To strike with fists; to punch.
    box someone's ears
    Leave this place before I box you!
  2. (transitive) To fight against (a person) in a boxing match.
  3. (intransitive) To participate in boxing; to be a boxer.
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Czech[edit]

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box

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box m

  1. boxing (the sport of boxing)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English box.

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box m (plural boxs or box)

  1. stall (for a horse), loose box
  2. compartment, cubicle
  3. garage, lock-up (for a car)

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Noun[edit]

box n

  1. a box
  2. (sports) boxing

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English

Noun[edit]

box m (invariable)

  1. horsebox
  2. garage, lock-up (for a car)
  3. (motor racing) pit
  4. playpen

Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English box.

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box m (plural boxes)

  1. the curtain or glass panes which separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom
    • 2003, Eileen G. de Paiva e Mello, Questão de Tempo, Thesaurus Editora, page 150:
      A mais velha procurava arrancar a cortina do box, pendurando-se nela!
      The oldest one wanted to pull off the stall curtain by hanging to it!

Romanian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French boxe.

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box n (plural boxuri)

  1. (sports) boxing (the sport of)
  2. A kind of sword.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From French box.

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box

  1. bovine leather

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box

  1. A breed of bulldog.