Definition of sandbox in English:


Syllabification: sand·box
Pronunciation: /ˈsan(d)ˌbäks


  • 1North American A shallow box or hollow in the ground partly filled with sand for children to play in.
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    • Angular poles resemble trees and there are cylinders, a tyre swing, and large sandbox, picturesquely arrayed like a series of exhibits in a sculpture garden.
    • There is a pretty neat sandbox and slide near me too.
    • Keep your child's outdoor sandbox covered, especially overnight, to prevent wandering cats from using it as a litter box.
  • 1.1 historical A perforated container for sprinkling sand onto wet ink in order to dry it.
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    • Until some time in the Victorian era, the sandbox was a common item on writing desks.
  • 1.2 Computing A virtual space in which new or untested software can be run securely.
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    • User-Mode Linux allows you to build running Linux systems within Linux systems for use as sandboxes or virtual servers.
    • I spent a few minutes in a sandbox Thomas made available and the system seems cleanly designed, easy to ‘get’, and flexible.
    • A version of the search engine has been accessible for some time through Microsoft's sandbox site here.
  • 2 (also sandbox tree) A tropical American tree whose seed cases were formerly used to hold sand for blotting ink.
    • Hura crepitans, family Euphorbiaceae
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    • Sometimes strong emetics, such as the seed of the sandbox tree, were used to bring on menstruation.
    • The drive must negotiate a narrow fairway between clammy cherry, sour-sop and African sandbox trees, which are known on Nevis as monkey no go round trees because of the bark's thorns.

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