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BOX

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does box mean? 

BOX (noun)
  The noun BOX has 10 senses:

1. a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
2. private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance
3. the quantity contained in a box
4. a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible
5. a rectangular drawing
6. evergreen shrubs or small trees
7. any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned
8. the driver's seat on a coach
9. separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people
10. a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)

  Familiarity information: BOX used as a noun is familiar.


BOX (verb)
  The verb BOX has 3 senses:

1. put into a box
2. hit with the fist
3. engage in a boxing match

  Familiarity information: BOX used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BOX (noun)


Sense 1box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

he rummaged through a box of spare parts

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind 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))

Meronyms (parts of "box"):

base (a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit)

lid (a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening of a container)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "box"):

ballot box (a box where voters deposit their ballots)

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)

paintbox (a box containing a collection of cubes or tubes of artists' paint)

matchbox (a box for holding matches)

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)


Sense 2box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

box; loge

Context example:

the royal box was empty

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind of...):

compartment (a partitioned section or separate room within a larger enclosed area)

Meronyms (parts of "box"):

box seat (a special seat in a theater or grandstand box)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "box"):

skybox (an elevated box for viewing events at a sports stadium)

Holonyms ("box" is a part of...):

balcony (an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium)


Sense 3box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quantity contained in a box

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

boxful; box

Context example:

he gave her a box of chocolates

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind of...):

containerful (the quantity that a container will hold)


Sense 4box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

box; corner

Context example:

his lying got him into a tight corner

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind of...):

plight; predicament; quandary (a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one)


Sense 5box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rectangular drawing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Context example:

the flowchart contained many boxes

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind of...):

rectangle (a parallelogram with four right angles)


Sense 6box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Evergreen shrubs or small trees

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

boxwood; box

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind of...):

bush; shrub (a low woody perennial plant usually having several major branches)

Meronyms (substance of "box"):

boxwood; Turkish boxwood (very hard tough close-grained light yellow wood of the box (particularly the common box); used in delicate woodwork: musical instruments and inlays and engraving blocks)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "box"):

Buxus sempervirens; common box; European box (large slow-growing evergreen shrub or small tree with multiple stems; extensively used for hedges or borders and topiary figures)

Holonyms ("box" is a member of...):

Buxus; genus Buxus (type genus of the Buxaceae)


Sense 7box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the umpire warned the batter to stay in the batter's box

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind of...):

area (a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "box"):

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)

Holonyms ("box" is a part of...):

ball field; baseball field; diamond (the baseball playing field)


Sense 8box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The driver's seat on a coach

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

box seat; box

Context example:

an armed guard sat in the box with the driver

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind of...):

seat (furniture that is designed for sitting on)

Holonyms ("box" is a part of...):

coach; coach-and-four; four-in-hand (a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver)


Sense 9box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind of...):

compartment (a partitioned section or separate room within a larger enclosed area)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "box"):

witness box; witness stand (a box enclosure for a witness when testifying)

press box (box reserved for reporters (as at a sports event))

jury box (an enclosure within a courtroom for the jury)


Sense 10box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A blow with the hand (usually on the ear)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

I gave him a good box on the ear

Hypernyms ("box" is a kind of...):

blow (a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon)


BOX (verb)


Sense 1box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put into a box

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

box; package

Context example:

box the gift, please

Hypernyms (to "box" is one way to...):

case; encase; incase (enclose in, or as if in, a case)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They box the goods

Antonym:

unbox (remove from a box)


Sense 2box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit with the fist

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

I'll box your ears!

Hypernyms (to "box" is one way to...):

hit (deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The fighter managed to box his opponent


Sense 3box [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Engage in a boxing match

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "box" is one way to...):

contend; fight; struggle (be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight)

Domain category:

athletics; sport (an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "box"):

spar (box lightly)

prizefight (box for a prize or money)

shadowbox (go through boxing motions without an opponent)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue box
Sam cannot box Sue


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