box

A box is a container with a flat bottom. You might get a box in the mail, open it up, and find several boxes of cookies inside.

A box of crayons or a box of cereal open at the top and are rectangular. A flat, two-dimensional box is one you draw or fill in on a form or test: "Check the box that best describes the word's meaning." When box is used as a verb, it means "put in a box," but also "hit or spar with fists."

Definitions of box
  1. noun
    a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
    “he rummaged through a box of spare parts”
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    ballot box
    a box where voters deposit their ballots
    bandbox
    a light cylindrical box for holding light articles of attire (especially hats)
    carton
    a box made of cardboard; opens by flaps on top
    casket, jewel casket
    small and often ornate box for holding jewels or other valuables
    cereal box
    a paper box in which breakfast cereals are sold
    chest
    box with a lid; used for storage; usually large and sturdy
    cigar box
    a box for holding cigars
    casket, coffin
    box in which a corpse is buried or cremated
    crate
    a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping
    flat
    a shallow box in which seedlings are started
    hod
    an open box attached to a long pole handle; bricks or mortar are carried on the shoulder
    letter box, mailbox
    a private box for delivery of mail
    matchbox
    a box for holding matches
    paintbox
    a box containing a collection of cubes or tubes of artists' paint
    pencil box, pencil case
    a box for holding pencils
    play-box, playbox
    a box for a child's toys and personal things (especially at a boarding school)
    alms box, mite box, poor box
    box for collecting alms, especially one in a church
    pyxis
    a small box used by ancient Greeks to hold medicines
    shadow box
    a shallow rectangular box with a transparent front used to protect and display small items (jewelry, coins, etc.)
    shoebox
    an oblong rectangular (usually cardboard) box designed to hold a pair of shoes
    snuffbox
    a small ornamental box for carrying snuff in your pocket
    deedbox, strongbox
    a strongly made box for holding money or valuables; can be locked
    tinderbox
    a box for holding tinder
    tuck box
    a box for storing eatables (especially at boarding school)
    window box
    a long narrow box for growing plants on a windowsill
    bier
    a coffin along with its stand
    ammunition chest, caisson
    a chest to hold ammunition
    cashbox, money box, till
    a strongbox for holding cash
    cedar chest
    a chest made of cedar
    coffer
    a chest especially for storing valuables
    hope chest, wedding chest
    chest for storage of clothing (trousseau) and household goods in anticipation of marriage
    packing box, packing case
    a large crate in which goods are packed for shipment or storage
    pix, pix chest, pyx, pyx chest
    a chest in which coins from the mint are held to await assay
    safe
    strongbox where valuables can be safely kept
    deposit box, lockbox, safe-deposit, safe-deposit box, safety deposit box, safety-deposit
    a fireproof metal strongbox (usually in a bank) for storing valuables
    sarcophagus
    a stone coffin (usually bearing sculpture or inscriptions)
    sea chest
    a sailor's storage chest for personal property
    six pack, six-pack, sixpack
    a carton containing six bottles or cans
    soapbox
    a crate for packing soap
    tea chest
    chest for storing or transporting tea
    tool cabinet, tool case, tool chest, toolbox
    a box or chest or cabinet for holding hand tools
    toy box, toy chest
    chest for storage of toys
    treasure chest
    a chest filled with valuables
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    container
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  2. noun
    the quantity contained in a box
    “he gave her a box of chocolates”
    synonyms: boxful
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    containerful
    the quantity that a container will hold
  3. noun
    separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people
    “the sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold”
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    jury box
    an enclosure within a courtroom for the jury
    press box
    box reserved for reporters (as at a sports event)
    witness box, witness stand
    a box enclosure for a witness when testifying
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    compartment
    a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
  4. noun
    private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance
    “the royal box was empty”
    synonyms: loge
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    skybox
    an elevated box for viewing events at a sports stadium
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    compartment
    a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
  5. noun
    any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned
    “the umpire warned the batter to stay in the batter's box
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    batter's box
    an area on a baseball diamond (on either side of home plate) marked by lines within which the batter must stand when at bat
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    area
    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
  6. noun
    the driver's seat on a coach
    “an armed guard sat in the box with the driver”
    synonyms: box seat
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    seat
    furniture that is designed for sitting on
  7. noun
    a rectangular drawing
    “the flowchart contained many boxes
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    rectangle
    a parallelogram with four right angles
  8. verb
    put into a box
    box the gift, please”
    synonyms: package
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    unbox
    remove from a box
    type of:
    case, encase, incase
    enclose in, or as if in, a case
  9. noun
    a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible
    synonyms: corner
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    morass, plight, predicament, quagmire, quandary
    a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
  10. noun
    evergreen shrubs or small trees
    synonyms: boxwood
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    Buxus sempervirens, European box, common box
    large slow-growing evergreen shrub or small tree with multiple stems; extensively used for hedges or borders and topiary figures
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    bush, shrub
    a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
  11. noun
    a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)
    “I gave him a good box on the ear”
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    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  12. verb
    hit with the fist
    “I'll box your ears!”
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    hit
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  13. verb
    engage in a boxing match
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    spar
    box lightly
    prizefight
    box for a prize or money
    shadowbox
    go through boxing motions without an opponent
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    contend, fight, struggle
    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
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