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A wooden box.

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Middle English < Old English < Late Latin buxis < Ancient Greek πυξίς (puksis), box) from πύξος (puksos), box tree). Compare German Büchse.

Noun

Singular
box

Plural
boxes

box (boxes) (see also Usage notes below)
  1. A rectangular container, usually with a hinged lid.
  2. As much as fills a box.
    a box of books
  3. A compartment to sit in at a theater, courtroom or auditorium.
  4. A small rectangular shelter like a booth.
  5. A rectangular border around an image or section of text.
  6. A numbered receptacle at a newspaper office for anonymous replies to advertisements.
  7. A trap or predicament.
    I'm really in a box now.
  8. The driver's seat on a coach.
  9. (cricket) A hard protector for the genitals worn by a batsman or close fielder inside the underpants.
  10. (engineering) A cylindrical casing around for example a bearing or gland.
  11. (soccer) The penalty area.
  12. (computing, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A computer, or the case in which it is housed. usage syn. transl.
    a UNIX box
  13. (slang) (with the) Television.
  14. (slang) The vagina.
Usage notes
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Verb

Infinitive
to box

Third person singular
box

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to box (third-person singular simple present box, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To place inside a box.
  2. To hem in.
  3. (computing) (jargon) To place a primitive value into an object (such as an int into an Integer) -- see also autoboxing.
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Etymology 2

Middle English < Old English < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] buxus < Ancient Greek πύξος (puksos), box tree).

Noun

Singular
box

Plural
boxes

box (boxes)
  1. Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Buxus.
  2. The wood from a box tree.
    • 1885: the application of woods other than box for purposes for which that wood is now used would tend to lessen the demand for boxScientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885
Synonyms
  • (evergreen shrub or tree): boxwood
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Etymology 3

Middle English

Noun

Singular
box

Plural
boxes

box (boxes)
  1. A blow with the fist.
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Verb

Infinitive
to box

Third person singular
box

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to box (third-person singular simple present box, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To strike with the fists.
    box someone’s ears
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To punch (a person).
    Leave dis place before I box you.
  3. (transitive) To fight against (a person) in a boxing match.
  4. (intransitive) To participate in boxing; to be a boxer.
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French

Etymology

English.

Noun

box (plural boxes or box)

  1. stall (for a horse), loose box
  2. compartment, cubicle
  3. garage, lock-up (for a car)

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Icelandic

Noun

box n.

  1. a box
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) boxing

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Italian

Etymology

English

Noun

box m. inv.

  1. horsebox
  2. garage, lock-up (for a car)
  3. (motor racing) pit
  4. playpen

Romanian

Etymology 1

From French boxe.

Noun

box n. (plural boxuri)

  1. (sports) boxing (the sport of)
  2. A kind of sword.
Synonyms

Etymology 2

From French box.

Noun

box [[Category:Template:lang:ro nouns|box]]

  1. bovine leather

Etymology 3

Noun

box [[Category:Template:lang:ro nouns|box]]

  1. A breed of bulldog.

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