- 1A container with a flat base and sides, typically square or rectangular and having a lid: a cigarette box a hat boxMore example sentences
- Officers raided the flat and seized seven boxes containing 72,000 cigarettes.
- They were muscular all around from working hard all summer lifting heavy boxes for their father's moving business.
- If there is no source of heat in the home, cover plants with boxes, heavy fabric or a material that will trap existing heat from the floor or an inner wall.
- 1.1The contents of a box: she ate a whole box of chocolates that nightMore example sentences
- The reason I hadn't finished this particular box of cornflakes was because my mum had recently replenished it with the contents of a new box.
- When we think of traditional food, some folks get a vision of a big bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a family box of fries.
- A gloved hand slammed merrily on a wooden table, shaking the contents on it and clattering a box of various tools to the floor.
- 1.2 (the box) • informal , chiefly British Television or a television set: we sat around watching the boxMore example sentences
- Like millions of others in the affluent West, I have spent much of the last month glued to the box, watching as the world hurtled out of control.
- but all I really did as a kid was play in the street and watch the box.
- Watch it on the box when it's hopefully been distilled into something worth watching.
- 1.3 • informal A casing containing a computer: the new model is half the cost of an equivalent IBM boxMore example sentences
- Unplugging and plugging back in the box didn't do anything either.
- Over here, we have the dead power supply which came out of our box, and over here we have the replacement power supply.
- You don't always need to have the latest and greatest hardware (but it helps) to get the most out of your box.
- 1.4 • informal A coffin: I always thought I’d be in a box when I finally left hereMore example sentences
- They stand up, slowly, then pace their dispassionate bodies toward those two coffins, coffin-like boxes.
- It began look like I was the product of some genetic experiment involving something kept in 3 coffin shaped boxes.
- 2An area or space enclosed within straight lines, in particular:More example sentences
- Introns are shown as straight lines connecting the boxes.
- In an attempt to avoid the tell-tale pyramid shape, spirals, boxes and straight lines are used.
- Diagonal lines through the boxes indicate sites of frameshifts for which the exact position of the frameshift event could not be determined.
- 2.1An area on a page that is to be filled in or that contains separate printed matter: tick the box on the couponMore example sentences
- You can understand the thinking: with support workers there to tick boxes and fill in forms, skilled staff would be freed up for more demanding jobs.
- Now they're forced to tick boxes and fill paperwork in.
- It was a bit of a theme among players and staff in the wake of this triumph, a result that proves Gretna tick the only boxes that matter.
- 2.2An area on a computer screen for user input or displaying information: a new box appears containing the names of all the programs which are openedMore example sentences
- Leonti stared at the information box displayed on the main monitor of the Sestuan.
- Participants were asked to guess which of four identical boxes appearing on the screen had been selected by the computer.
- Double-clicking on the directory brings the user to the Linux box with the test data, without realizing it.
- 2.3British A box junction: do not enter the box until your exit is clearMore example sentences
- They'll buy this car because it's cheap, and as a result of that, they're going to be tearing around Britain's yellow boxes and bus lanes in a genuinely very good little car.
- The green cycle lanes and advance stop boxes at traffic lights across the city make life safer for cyclists and could well be saving lives, but accidents that don't happen don't get into the press.
- At every set of traffic lights on the way queuing drivers blocked the cycle lanes and priority boxes.
- 2.4 (the box) Soccer The penalty area: he curled in a brilliant second from the edge of the boxMore example sentences
- Amoruso rose to meet a Ricksen corner and the ball broke in the six-yard box and Flo smacked it into the net for his 21st of the season.
- He carried the ball at pace from halfway towards the box before cracking a right-foot shot from 20 yards out.
- The Hearts captain, in possession, tried to check his run in the box and was bumped over by his pursuer.
- 2.5 (the box) Baseball The area occupied by the batter: ten thousand people booed him when he stepped into the boxMore example sentences
- As a batter steps into the box, Vin tells you where he comes from, what his mother and father do, or what he likes to read.
- This leaves the umpire in a position of judgment as to whether or not the batter is properly in the box at least six inches away from home plate.
- What is clear is that as a result the batter's box was obliterated.
- 3A separate section or enclosed area reserved for a group of people in a theatre or sports ground, or for witnesses or the jury in a law court: the royal boxMore example sentences
- A section of boxes climbs from the stage, then rows of benches rise high up the slope of the fan-shaped amphitheater.
- Do witnesses get in the box and just express an opinion?
- The trial was expected to last for several more years, with only the second witness currently in the box.
- 3.2British A small country house for use when shooting or fishing.More example sentences
- Available at furniture, storage supply, or home stores, these boxes come with open shelves, doors, or drawers.
- The fishing behind the boxes has slowed down considerably due to the havoc caused by the seals that come into the Ridge Pool with the high tide.
- Ahern was instrumental in retaining a much reduced Irish fishing box, much to the disgust of the Spanish.
- 4A protective casing for a piece of a mechanism: in the second variation, a switch loop, only one cable enters the boxMore example sentences
- She removed another device, a mechanical box connected by a cord to a piece of metal with a plastic handle.
- Eight of the illuminating plastic road safety boxes were smashed to pieces in a frenzied attack in the early hours of Sunday morning.
- Make sure your spa comes with a protective box or panel designed to keep out rain and water from sprinkler systems.
- 4.1 • informal short for gearbox.More example sentences
- Simply plant the accelerator, try to keep pace with the gearchanges in the six-speed box and soak up the noise.
- Drop it down to second with some clunking from the sequential box, the revs rise, press the pedal to the floor and the world blurs.
- Most people assume the higher the horsepower rating on the box, the better the air compressor.
- 4.2British A light shield for protecting a man’s genitals in sport, especially in cricket.More example sentences
- Cricket boxes, shin pads, and gloves are all examples of equipment that should be worn to prevent injury.
- As we were getting changed, I noticed some of my new team-mates were putting on what looked like cricket boxes.
- He wonders why European sportsmen don't wear boxes to protect themselves from such painful eventualities, when Americans are so keen on them.
- 5.1A facility at a post office whereby letters are kept until called for by the addressee.More example sentences
- She got a post-office box for her business to keep her home address private.
- She tells him the name of a real ship and says his father is a sailor, even writing letters from this imaginary dad and sending them via a post-office box.
- Residents are being urged to help the fight against crime the next time they send a letter with the introduction of police crime boxes in post offices.
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- 1 (often as adjective boxed) Put in or provide with a box: the books are sold as a boxed set Muriel boxed up all Christopher’s clothesMore example sentences
- Some, with sheets of printed artwork, were still in packages of fives and 10s, used to ship them in bulk from the Far East before being boxed up and sold.
- I have books (so many books) and since I had to move out of my previous home, many of them are still boxed up.
- Some of the boxes even have dates of 2001 and 2002 posted on the labels, which I hope doesn't mean the date they were boxed up and put into storage.
- 1.1Enclose (a piece of text) within printed lines: boxed sections in magazinesMore example sentences
- Procedures relating to topics within the chapter are boxed in and numbered so that the reader can quickly recognize them.
- Cis-regulatory elements described in the text are boxed.
- The Walker A, Walker B, and ABC signatures are boxed.
- 1.2 (box someone in) Restrict the ability of (a person or vehicle) to move freely: a van had double-parked alongside her car and totally boxed her inMore example sentences
- Mr Reed said the other man stayed in the car but two members of the public used their vehicles to box him in.
- They tried to box her in, but she moved too quickly.
- The Ferrari then pulled in close in front of him, braking, while the Mercedes drew close behind, boxing him in.
be a box of birds
- NZ • informal Be fine or happy.More example sentences
- And by the time we went for a walk up to that waterfall that I posted pics of a bit further back I was feeling a box of birds and he was starting to drag his feet.
- Apart from these ailments, I'm a box of birds most of the time.
- By the next morning he was a box of birds and adjusting to using his hand with a chocolate-bar-sized bandage on his small fingers.
box of tricks
- • informal An ingenious gadget: all those magical effects were produced by this little box of tricks hereMore example sentences
- The result is that you feel that you are watching a clever box of tricks: theatre almost entirely reduced to a few ingenious lighting effects.
- The internal combustion engine reveals it secrets easily, and lends itself to modification, whereas the mobile phone is a sealed box of tricks in a barely ‘customisable’ shell.
- We used to get a lot of inventors turn up at Northam with a box of tricks for us to look at.
out of one's box
- British • informal Intoxicated with alcohol or drugs: I was out of my box on sulphateMore example sentences
- Quite clearly the youth of France cannot come to their senses because they are out of their box on a tequila flavoured beer.
(right) out of the box • informal
- 1Used to refer to the immediate usability or functionality of a newly purchased product, typically an electronic device or a piece of software: most laptops come with wireless capability out of the box console games need to be good to go right out of the box the product is designed as an out-of-the-box portal for the medium to large enterpriseMore example sentences
- With any newly installed computer data backup system, don't assume everything works correctly right out of the box.
- That why I think it's very promising that the PS3 has dual display support out of the box.
- You are getting a "clean integration", no third party ads on your desktop out of the box, nothing extra on your hard drive eating up valuable space.
- 1.1chiefly US From the very beginning; immediately: his family memoir was a ratings smash right out of the boxMore example sentences
- We had to work pretty hard to gain some speed back that we had expected to have right out of the box.
- I think we had some good chemistry, you know, between the two of us right out of the box.
- To fault Mad About You for not being perfect out of the box (and it's the rare show that is) is unfair.
- 2Australian /NZ Unusually good: the novel is nothing out of the box[by association with the phrase look fresh out of a bandbox 'look very smart' (see bandbox)]More example sentences
- But someone who thinks he is out of the box will be constantly scrabbling for support of that belief.
- The trouble with a result like this morning's, it was so out of the box that it will in fact effect the long term trend.
think outside (or out of) the box
- • informal Think in an original or creative way.More example sentences
- To bring in new members, we have to be willing to try innovative ideas and think outside the box.
- Although dyslexic people have problems with reading, their brains are well suited for ideas and thinking outside the box.
- Does the institution truly value candor, thinking outside the box and innovation, or merely give lip service to it?
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- A Wilton woman would happily have accepted ‘a tenner’ for a cardboard boxful of junk that for decades had been gathering dust in her loft.
- Baseball equipment by the boxful is arriving, thanks to a enterprising group of volunteers here in the United States.
- A night or two later, Mac came back to the Wade Bar with a boxful of metal scraps and debris to show to his buddies.
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- The computer lab in which I work, housing 10 computers in a small, box-like room, becomes like a sauna, with 30-plus degree temperatures and an unbreathable air supply.
- The tricks behind this are contained in the ‘iSmell’ - a box-like accessory containing scented oils that are activated by signals in adverts and television programmes.
- We didn't want it to be too box-like, so there are lots of different corners.
late Old English, probably from late Latin buxis, from Latin pyxis 'boxwood box', from Greek puxos (see box3).
- Fight an opponent using one’s fists; compete in the sport of boxing: he boxed for England [with object]: he had to box Benn for the titleMore example sentences
- If you wanted to make a film on how to box, he would be the fighter you would want to film.
- They were on the table, and I wanted those fights before I boxed for the British title.
- Another thing they shared was the ability to box effectively while still carrying knockout power in either fist.
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- A slap with the hand on the side of a person’s head: she gave him a box on the earMore example sentencesSynonymscuff, hit, thump, slap, smack, crack, swat, punch, fist, jab, hook, knock, thwack, bang, wallop; Scottish & Northern English skelpBritish • informal slosh, dotNorth American • informal boff, bust, whaleAustralian/New Zealand • informal dong, quilt
- British • informal Act so as to outwit someone: she had to box clever, let Adam think she had accepted what he saidMore example sentences
- Not quite running scared, but definitely boxing clever, Dods admits there were celebrations in the Inverness dressing room when the draw for this weekend's round of the Scottish Cup was made.
- After all Holmes has been boxing clever for years.
- Fencers are boxing clever in bid to make a point over funding
box someone's ears
- Slap someone on the side of the head, especially as a punishment: stop hanging back or I’ll box your earsMore example sentences
cuff, strike, hit, thump, slap, smack, crack, swat, punch, jab, knock, thwack, bang, wallop, batter, pummel, buffet; assault, aim blows at; Scottish & Northern English skelp
- Then he muttered about how Cor would have boxed his ears or cuffed him upside the back of the head while telling him ‘I told you pride would bite you in the butt one day.’
- But speaking as someone who has his intelligence insulted on a weekly basis by modern movies, there's something thrilling about a picture that boxes your ears and forces you to sit up and pay attention.
- When I once rushed in and called her by her Christian name she boxed my ears.
late Middle English (in the general sense 'a blow'): of unknown origin.
- 1 (also box tree) A slow-growing European evergreen shrub or small tree with small glossy dark green leaves. It is widely used in hedging and for topiary, and yields hard, heavy timber.
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- Buxus sempervirens, family Buxaceae
- A standard clipped box tree in a plain terracotta pot shows restrained good taste.
- Little did I expect that a, slightly worse for wear, sprig of green taken from the boxes would become a priceless Christmas moment.
- The hues, one to a box, ranged widely, including signal red, cadmium blue and yellow ocher.
- 1.1 (also boxwood) The hard, heavy wood of the box tree, formerly used for engraving and for musical instruments.More example sentences
- There are 34 full-color photographs of beautiful gages made of ebony, rosewood, boxwood, mahogany, cherry, applewood, whalebone, ivory etc.
- He once confessed to owning the prized possessions of a superb board of bird's-eye maple and Moluccan ebony, edged in sycamore, an 1871 boxwood and ebony Staunton set, plus a chess clock by Grant's of Stamford.
- Once in a while the really dense woods, such as boxwood and ebony can fool me, and I really have to work hard to tell the difference between Madasgar and Honduras rosewood.
- 2Any of a number of trees which have timber or foliage similar to that of the box tree, in particular:
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- ● several Australian eucalyptus trees (genus Eucalyptus, family Myrtaceae). ● the tropical American Venezuelan (or West Indian) box (Casearia praecox, family Flacourtiaceae), the timber of which has now largely replaced that of the European box.
- She made her way through the woods, ‘past a giant temple of boxwood,’ then to the yard of 124 where ‘she sat down on the first handy place - a stump’.
- Miles of walking trails and roads on the Arboretum's 446 acres feature native eastern deciduous trees and exceptional collections of bonsai, boxwood, and other plants and herbs.
- The holly's convex, glossy leaves contrast nicely with the Korean boxwood's flat, oval, lighter green leaves.
Old English, via Latin from Greek puxos.
verb(in phrase box the compass) chiefly Nautical
- 1Recite the compass points in correct order.More example sentences
- I've ‘boxed the compass’ over 14 miles of broken mountains with 'em and come out within 100 meters from start-point.
- Hence a wind is said to box the compass when it blows from every quarter in rapid succession.
- Deep Seeker reported that the wind boxed the compass from every direction except north.
- 2Make a complete change of direction.More example sentences
- My horse, Lightfoot, has boxed the compass, and it seems to me he has boxed it back again.
- It winds, bends, turns, and often boxes the compass on its 650-mile journey to the Ohio River at Paducah, Kentucky.
- However, in 1989 a series of storm-force winds boxed the compass and it was these that uprooted many trees on Dartmoor.
mid 18th century: perhaps from Spanish bojar 'sail round', from Middle Low German bōgen 'bend', from the base of bow1.