American English

Definition of box noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 lunch box cardboard boxes a toolbox a jewelry box
  2. 2[countable] a box and its contents a box of chocolates/matches a box set of DVDs
  3. 3[countable] electronic equipment or controls inside a box a cable box
  4. in theater/court
  5. 4[countable] a small area in a theater, court or stadium separated off from where other people sit a box at the opera the witness/jury box box seats at Yankee Stadium see also press box
  6. shape
  7. 5[countable] a small square or rectangle drawn on a page for people to write information in Put a check mark in the appropriate box. to check a box
  8. 6[countable] an area on a printed page surrounded by straight lines A box in the upper right-hand corner of the page explained some of the terms used in the article.
  9. television
  10. 7the box [singular] (informal) the television What's on the box tonight?
  11. in sports
  12. 8[countable] an area on a sports field that is marked by lines and used for a particular purpose the penalty box the batter's box
  13. for mail
  14. 9[countable] = PO box
  15. on road
  16. 10[countable] a place where two roads cross or join, marked with a pattern of yellow lines to show that vehicles must not stop There is a $100 fine for blocking the box.
  17. shelter
  18. 11[countable] a small shelter used for a particular purpose a sentry box
  19. tree/wood
  20. 12[countable, uncountable] a small evergreen tree or bush with thick, dark leaves, used especially for garden hedges
  21. 13(also boxwood) [uncountable] the hard wood of this bush
  22. Idioms
    think outside (of) the box
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    to think about something, or how to do something, in a way that is new, different, or shows imagination
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: box