WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
box1 /bɑks/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a container with stiff sides and often with a lid or cover:[countable]They put all their books in boxes.
  2. the items in a box;
    the amount contained in a box:[countable]a box of candy.
  3. post-office box.
  4. [countable] a small, partly enclosed area in a theater, etc., in which a few people can sit and watch a performance, etc.
  5. a small partly enclosed area in a courtroom for witnesses or the jury:[countable]the witness box.
  6. [countable] a small enclosed area or shelter: a sentry's box.
  7. Journalism a part of a printed page with a square or rectangular border, which contains material to read, or a space to be filled in:[countable]See the box below for more information.
  8. any enclosing, protective case:[countable]a fire-alarm box.
  9. Sport any of various spaces on a baseball field marking the playing positions of the pitcher, catcher, etc.:[countable]stepped into the batter's box.

v. [+ object]
  1. to put into a box:The apples were boxed and shipped.
  2. to keep in or as if in a box;
    to block or prevent (someone): [+ object + in]They boxed her in.[+ in + object]The company has a policy of boxing in anyone who is female.

box2 /bɑks/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. [+ object] to strike with the hand or fist, esp. on the ear.
  2. Sportto fight against (someone) in a boxing match: [+ object]The champ boxed that contender twice.[no object]enjoys boxing.

box3 /bɑks/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Plant Biologyan evergreen shrub or small treehaving shiny, dark green leaves, used for hedges.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
box1  (boks),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a container, case, or receptacle, usually rectangular, of wood, metal, cardboard, etc., and often with a lid or removable cover.
  2. the quantity contained in a box:She bought a box of candy as a gift.
  3. [Chiefly Brit.]a gift or present:a Christmas box.
  4. See  post-office box. 
  5. a compartment or section in a public place, shut or railed off for the accommodation of a small number of people, esp. in a theater, opera house, sports stadium, etc.
  6. a small enclosure or area in a courtroom, for witnesses or the jury.
  7. a small shelter:a sentry's box.
  8. [Brit.]
    • a small house, cabin, or cottage, as for use while hunting:a shooting box.
    • a telephone booth.
    • a wardrobe trunk.
  9. See  box stall. 
  10. the driver's seat on a coach.
  11. the section of a wagon in which passengers or parcels are carried.
  12. Automotivethe section of a truck in which cargo is carried.
  13. Radio and Televisionthe box, [Informal.]television:Are there any good shows on the box tonight?
  14. part of a page of a newspaper or periodical set off in some manner, as by lines, a border, or white space.
  15. any enclosing, protective case or housing, sometimes including its contents:a gear box; a fire-alarm box.
  16. [Baseball.]
    • either of two marked spaces, one on each side of the plate, in which the batter stands.
    • either of two marked spaces, one outside of first base and the other outside of third, where the coaches stand.
    • the pitcher's mound.
    • the marked space where the catcher stands.
  17. a difficult situation;
  18. [Agric.]a bowl or pit cut in the side of a tree for collecting sap.
  19. [Jazz Slang.]
    • a stringed instrument, as a guitar.
    • a piano.
  20. [Informal.]
    • a phonograph.
    • a boom box.
    • a computer.
  21. Slang Termsa coffin.
  22. [Slang](vulgar).
    • the vulva or vagina.
    • basket (def. 9).
  23. out of the box, [Australian Slang.]remarkable or exceptional;

  1. to put into a box:She boxed the glassware before the movers came.
  2. to enclose or confine as in a box (often fol. by in or up).
  3. to furnish with a box.
  4. to form into a box or the shape of a box.
  5. to block so as to keep from passing or achieving better position (often fol. by in):The Ferrari was boxed in by two other cars on the tenth lap.
  6. to group together for consideration as one unit:to box bills in the legislature.
  7. [Building Trades.]to enclose or conceal (a building or structure) as with boarding.
  8. [Agric.]to make a hole or cut in (a tree) for sap to collect.
  9. to mix (paint, varnish, or the like) by pouring from one container to another and back again.
  10. [Australian.]
    • to mix groups of sheep that should be kept separated.
    • to confuse someone or something.
  11. Sportbox out, [Basketball.]to position oneself between an opposing player and the basket to hinder the opposing player from rebounding or tipping in a shot;
    block out.
boxlike′, adj. 
  • Late Latin buxis, a reshaping of Latin pyxis; see boîte
  • Middle English, Old English, probably bef. 1000

box2  (boks),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a blow, as with the hand or fist:He gave the boy a box on his ear.

  1. to strike with the hand or fist, esp. on the ear.
  2. Sportto fight against (someone) in a boxing match.

  1. Sportto fight with the fists;
    participate in a boxing match;
  2. Sportto be a professional or experienced prizefighter or boxer:He has boxed since he was 16.
  • Middle English box a blow, boxen to beat, of uncertain origin, originally 1300–50

box3  (boks),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologyan evergreen shrub or small tree of the genus Buxus, esp. B. sempervirens, having shiny, elliptic, dark-green leaves, used for ornamental borders, hedges, etc., and yielding a hard, durable wood.
  2. the wood itself. Cf. boxwood (defs. 1, 2).
  3. Plant Biologyany of various other shrubs or trees, esp. species of eucalyptus.
  • Greek pýxos
  • Latin buxus boxwood
  • Middle English, Old English bef. 950

box4  (boks),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsto boxhaul (often fol. by off ).
  2. Meteorologyto fly around the center of a storm in a boxlike pattern in order to gather meteorological data:to box a storm.
  3. Nautical, Naval Termsbox the compass, to recite all of the points of the compass in a clockwise order.
  • Catalan vogir to (cause to) turn Latin volvere (see revolve); influenced by box1
  • Spanish bojar to sail around, earlier boxar, perh.
  • probably 1745–55

box, +n. 
  • Slang Termsa coffin.

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