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sand +‎ box.



sandbox (plural sandboxes)

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  1. (US) A children's play area consisting of a box filled with sand.
  2. A box filled with sand that is shaped to form a mould for metal casting.
  3. A container for sand or pounce, used historically before blotting paper.
  4. An animal's litter box.
  5. (rail transport) A box carried on locomotives, from which sand runs onto the rails in front of the driving wheels, to prevent slipping.
  6. (computing) An isolated area where a program can be executed with a restricted portion of the resources available.
    Running a program in a sandbox can prevent it from doing any damage to the system.
  7. (Wiktionary and WMF jargon) A page on a wiki where users are free to experiment without destroying or damaging any legitimate content.
  8. (US, military, slang, usually "The Sandbox") The Middle East.


  • (play enclosure with sand): sandpit (UK):

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sandbox (third-person singular simple present sandboxes, present participle sandboxing, simple past and past participle sandboxed)

  1. (computing, transitive) To restrict (a program, etc.) by placing it in a sandbox.
    • 2011, Richard Wagner, Building Facebook Applications For Dummies:

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