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."

Primary Meanings of box

1.
nv
a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
put into a box
2.
n
a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible
3.
n
evergreen shrubs or small trees
4.
nv
a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)
hit with the fist
Full Definitions of box
1

n a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid

“he rummaged through a box of spare parts”
Examples:
Ark of the Covenant
(Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
Pandora's box
(Greek mythology) a box that Zeus gave to Pandora with instructions that she not open it; she gave in to her curiosity and opened it; all the miseries and evils flew out to afflict mankind
Types:
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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
Type of:
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)

n the quantity contained in a box

“he gave her a box of chocolates”
Synonyms:
boxful
Type of:
containerful
the quantity that a container will hold

n separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people

“the sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold”
Types:
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
Type of:
compartment
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area

n private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance

“the royal box was empty”
Synonyms:
loge
Types:
skybox
an elevated box for viewing events at a sports stadium
Type of:
compartment
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area

n 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
Types:
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
Type of:
area
a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

n the driver's seat on a coach

“an armed guard sat in the box with the driver”
Synonyms:
box seat
Type of:
seat
furniture that is designed for sitting on

n a rectangular drawing

“the flowchart contained many boxes
Type of:
rectangle
a parallelogram with four right angles

v put into a box

box the gift, please”
Synonyms:
package
Antonyms:
unbox
remove from a box
Type of:
case, encase, incase
enclose in, or as if in, a case
2

n a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible

Synonyms:
corner
Type of:
plight, predicament, quandary
a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
3

n evergreen shrubs or small trees

Synonyms:
boxwood
Types:
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
Type of:
bush, shrub
a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
4

n a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)

“I gave him a good box on the ear”
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

v hit with the fist

“I'll box your ears!”
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v engage in a boxing match

Types:
spar
box lightly
prizefight
box for a prize or money
shadowbox
go through boxing motions without an opponent
Type of:
contend, fight, struggle
be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

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