- 1A container with a flat base and sides, typically square or rectangular and having a lid: a cereal 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 • informal A casing containing a computer.More 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.
- 1.3 (the box) • informal , chiefly British Television or a television set: light entertainment shows on 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.
- 1.4 • 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 printed page that is to be filled in or that is set off by a border: a picture of Sandy was in the upper right-hand boxMore 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.More 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.
- 2.3 (the box) (also the batter's box) Baseball The rectangular area occupied by the batter.More 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.
- 2.4 Baseball The rectangular area behind home plate for the catcher ( catcher’s box), or those near first and third bases, in foul territory, for each base coach ( coach’s box).More example sentences
- My way of fighting back was to try to drive the ball as hard as I could through the pitcher's box for a base hit.
- Some time ago, I was watching a game on TV, and the game was stopped in order to reline the catcher's box.
- Bruce kept low and ran back behind a box near the place where Daniel had also taken cover.
- 2.5 (the box) Soccer The penalty area: he curled in a shot 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.
- 3A small structure or building for a specific purpose, in particular.More example sentences
- It's not so easy to guess what device is inside this box and what its purpose is.
- I sat in the bar of the chain restaurant, staring in turn at a pint of beer and a black plastic box, the purpose of which was unclear.
- So when a viewer chooses a movie, the cable operator's servers stream video into that specific digital cable box.
- 3.1A separate section or enclosed area within a larger building, especially one reserved for a group of people in a theater or sports ground or for witnesses or the jury in a law court: a box at the opera the jury was now in the 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 hunting 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.More 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.
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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 of 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 someone 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.
back through the box
- Baseball (Of a batted ball) hit in the direction of the pitcher past second base.More example sentences
- Fingers went right along with it and Mays promptly singled back through the box to knot the Series at one game apiece.
- I always tried to hit the ball back through the box because that is the largest unprotected area.
- He crossed it back through the box beyond Sorin's reach and it came to Forlan again.
in a box
- Restricted or limited: he will find himself in a box on US policyMore example sentences
- You know, I love the variety in the morning and the fact that we don't have to be in a box.
- why watch people living in a box when you can watch people living everyday?
- Anyway, the challenge of being whoever it is I am is that I don't fit in a box.
in-a-box (or in-the-box)
- Packaged simply, cheaply, and conveniently: the Butler-in-a-Box is the gadget of your dreamsMore example sentences
- For alpaca owners and breeders who might feel that a retail store would offer them some additional earnings potential, AFCNA has developed an innovative service, the alpaca products station (informally called the ‘store in-a-box’).
- A good Personalization Engine should include a set of tools to create subscription services and interfaces that provide ‘in-a-box’ capability.
(right) out of the box • informal
- Used 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 boxMore example sentences
- Let the developers give us, the paying, gaming public, products that are playable out of the box.
- We slapped it into the Vancouver mobo and had the whole thing running first time within 30 minutes of taking the motherboard out of the box.
- Unlike its predecessor, the console will play DVDs straight out of the box - no need for the optional extra DVD kit.
- chiefly 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.
think outside (of) the box
- Think in an original or creative way: you have to give him credit for thinking outside the boxMore 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?
box someone out
- Basketball Block an opponent from an area by the position of one’s body: Miller neglected to box out his man in the final secondsMore example sentences
- But in addition to defending the pick-and-roll, Madsen is more adept than Kandi at creating space in the paint by wrangling for inside position and then boxing out.
- Instead, it hit the skids because of breakdowns in basic areas: boxing out on the offensive boards, foul shooting, perimeter defense and shot selection.
- However, Georgetown stunk in those down-to-earth intangibles they used to excel at, such as boxing out, forcing opponents into bad shots, and making the extra dish.
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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 Bennett 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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box someone's ears
- Slap someone on the side of the head as a punishment or in anger.More example sentences
- 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 glossy dark green leaves. It is often grown as a hedge and for topiary.
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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 widely 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 that have wood or foliage similar to 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 wood 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: by now the breeze had boxed the compassMore 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 around', from Middle Low German bōgen 'bend', from the base of bow1.