Definition of box noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɒks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːks//
    Watching TV, Cricket
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  1. 1  [countable] (especially in compounds) a container made of wood, cardboard, metal, etc. with a flat stiff base and sides and often a lid, used especially for holding solid things She kept all the letters in a box. a money box cardboard boxes a toolbox a matchbox see also blue box
  2. 2  [countable] a box and its contents a box of chocolates/matches
  3. in theatre/court
  4. 3[countable] a small area in a theatre or court separated off from where other people sit a box at the opera the witness/jury box
  5. shelter
  6. 4[countable] a small shelter used for a particular purpose a sentry/signal box (British English) a telephone box I called him from the phone box on the corner.
  7. shape
  8. 5  [countable] a small square or rectangle drawn on a page or computer screen for people to put information in Put a cross in the appropriate box. to tick/check a box
  9. television
  10. 6the box [singular] (informal, especially British English) the television What's on the box tonight? See related entries: Watching TV
  11. on road
  12. 7[countable] (British English) = box junction Only traffic turning right may enter the box.
  13. in sport
  14. 8[countable] an area on a sports field that is marked by lines and used for a particular purpose (British English) He was fouled in the box (= the penalty box).
  15. for mail
  16. 9[countable] = box number see also PO box
  17. protection
  18. 10[countable] (British English) a piece of plastic that a man wears over his sex organs to protect them while he is playing a sport, especially cricket See related entries: Cricket
  19. tree/wood
  20. 11[countable, uncountable] a small evergreen tree or bush with thick dark leaves, used especially for garden hedges
  21. 12(also boxwood) [uncountable] the hard wood of this bush
  22. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 10 late Old English, probably from late Latin buxis, from Latin pyxis ‘boxwood box’, from Greek puxos. noun senses 11 to 12 Old English, via Latin from Greek puxos.Extra examples Click on ‘open file’ in the dialogue box. Put a cross in the box if you agree with the comments. She filled the box with old clothes. She opened her money box to see if she had saved enough for a tennis racket. The cash box was kept in a safe. The cash box was kept in the safe at the back of the shop. The dog sleeps in a box lined with an old blanket. The exhibition is free, but there is a collection box for donations. The house we would like to buy ticks all the boxes. There is a safety deposit box in every room of the hotel. There was a babble of languages in the commentary box when the race began. They drank champagne as they watched the game from the executive box. They were sitting around the fire on upturned boxes. This box holds ten 10 candles and costs $21.40. Tick the appropriate box below. We packed all the books into boxes. a box marked ‘fragile’ a box of chocolates a private box at the opera Everything we owned was neatly packed in cardboard boxes. He produced a box of matches from his pocket. He showed no emotion as he walked into the witness box. The painting depicts two elegantly dressed women in a box at the opera. the jury boxIdioms (informal) a set of methods or equipment that somebody can use Hotel managers are using a whole new bag of tricks to attract their guests.
    give somebody a box on the ears
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    (old-fashioned) to hit somebody with your hand on the side of their head as a punishment
    to think about something, or how to do something, in a way that is new, different or shows imagination
    tick all the/somebody’s boxes
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    (British English, informal) to do exactly the right things to please somebody This is a movie that ticks all the boxes.
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