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Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v box engage in a boxing match
    • v box hit with the fist "I'll box your ears!"
    • v box put into a box "box the gift, please"
    • n box a blow with the hand (usually on the ear) "I gave him a good box on the ear"
    • n box a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid "he rummaged through a box of spare parts"
    • n box separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people "the sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold"
    • n box private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance "the royal box was empty"
    • n box the driver's seat on a coach "an armed guard sat in the box with the driver"
    • n box 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"
    • n box evergreen shrubs or small trees
    • n box the quantity contained in a box "he gave her a box of chocolates"
    • n box a rectangular drawing "the flowchart contained many boxes"
    • n box a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible "his lying got him into a tight corner"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scrap-Box Scrap-Box
Reinforced Butt Joint in Box Reinforced Butt Joint in Box
Forms of Box Construction Forms of Box Construction
Glueing Together a Box Glueing Together a Box
Daisy takes the necklace out of the box Daisy takes the necklace out of the box
The Color Box The Color Box
Match-Box Bedstead Match-Box Bedstead
Match-Box Washstand Match-Box Washstand

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Canadian holiday Boxing Day got its name from the custom of giving. Servants were given boxes which had money hidden inside them from their employers. The servants would have to break the box into pieces to get the money
    • n Box A blow on the head or ear with the hand. "A good-humored box on the ear."
    • Box A boxlike shed for shelter; as, a sentry box .
    • Box (Mach) A chamber or section of tube in which a valve works; the bucket of a lifting pump.
    • Box A chest or any receptacle for the deposit of money; as, a poor box; a contribution box . "Yet since his neighbors give, the churl unlocks,
      Damning the poor, his tripple-bolted box ."
    • Box (Zoöl) A Mediterranean food fish; the bogue.
    • Box A present in a box; a present; esp. a Christmas box or gift. "A Christmas box ."
    • Box A receptacle or case of any firm material and of various shapes.
    • Box A small country house. "A shooting box .""Tight boxes neatly sashed."
    • Box A space with a few seats partitioned off in a theater, or other place of public amusement. "Laughed at by the pit, box, galleries, nay, stage.""The boxes and the pit are sovereign judges."
    • n Box bŏks (Bot) A tree or shrub, flourishing in different parts of the world. The common box (Buxus sempervirens) has two varieties, one of which, the dwarf box (Buxus suffruticosa), is much used for borders in gardens. The wood of the tree varieties, being very hard and smooth, is extensively used in the arts, as by turners, engravers, mathematical instrument makers, etc.
    • Box (Mach) An axle box, journal box, journal bearing, or bushing.
    • Box The driver's seat on a carriage or coach.
    • Box The quantity that a box contain.
    • Box (Baseball) The square in which the pitcher stands.
    • v. t Box To boxhaul.
    • v. i Box To fight with the fist; to combat with, or as with, the hand or fist; to spar.
    • Box To furnish with boxes, as a wheel.
    • Box To inclose in a box.
    • Box (Arch) To inclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form.
    • v. t Box To strike with the hand or fist, especially to strike on the ear, or on the side of the head.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1903, there were originally only eight Crayola crayons in a box and they sold for five cents
    • n box A small evergreen tree or shrub, Buxus sempervirens, a dwarfed variety of which is used for ornamental hedges, and in gardening as an edging for flower-beds. See Buxus and boxwood.
    • n box A case or receptacle for articles or materials of any kind. When used absolutely, box usually signifies a rectangular case of wood with a lid or a removable cover, and with a clear inner space for storing or packing; but for specific uses boxes are made of any adaptable material, and of any size or shape, or may consist of compartments in a larger receptacle, with or without covers, or with permanent covers and top or side openings. Among such specific kinds are cash-boxes, bandboxes, pill-boxes, ballot-boxes, dice-boxes, the boxes in a printers' case, etc. For boxes known by other names, see chest and trunk.
    • n box A money-chest, especially one in which money for some particular purpose is collected or kept: as, a poor-box; a missionary-box.
    • n box The quantity that a box contains.
    • n box A receptacle under the driver's seat on a carriage; hence, the seat itself.
    • n box A package or case of presents, especially Christmas presents.
    • n box A compartment or place shut or railed off for the accommodation of a small number of people in a public place. A compartment in the common room of a tavern or other house of refreshment. A seated compartment in a theater or other place of amusement: as, “the boxes and the pit,” Dryden.
    • n box A separate compartment or a roomy stall for a horse in a stable or railroad-car.
    • n box A place of shelter for one or two men engaged in the performance of certain duties: as, a sentry-box; a signalman's box.
    • n box A snug house; a small country-house for temporary use during the continuance of some sport, as of hunting: as, a shooting-box.
    • n box In machinery: A cylindrical hollow iron in a wheel, in which the axle runs.
    • n box In a pump: The cap covering the top of the pump. A pump-bucket. A hollow plunger with a lifting-valve. A casing about a valve.
    • n box The pulley-case in a draw-loom on which rest the rollers that conduct the tail-cords.
    • n box The receptacle for a shuttle at the end of the lathe of a loom.
    • n box The socket for the screw in a screw-vise.
    • n box The opening into which the end of a rib-saw is wedged.
    • n box In carpentry, a trough for cutting miters. See miter-box.
    • n box Nautical, the space between the back-board and the stern-post of a boat, where the coxswain sits.
    • n box In founding, the flask or frame which holds the sand.
    • n box The keeper into which the bolt of a lock enters in locking. Also called the staple of the lock.—14. In a printers' case, the compartment for a single character: as, the n-box is empty; the comma-box.
    • n box A battery for wild-fowl shooting; a sink-box.
    • box To place in a box; inclose as in a box; confine; hoard.
    • box To furnish with a box, as a wheel.
    • box To make a hole or cut (in a tree) for the sap to collect: as, to box a maple.
    • box Nautical, to cause (a vessel) to turn short round on her heel by bracing the head-yards aback: sometimes followed by off: as, to box off a vessel. See haul.
    • box To form into a box or the shape of a box: as, to box the scenes on a stage.
    • n box A blow of any kind.
    • n box A blow; specifically, a blow on the head with the fist, or on the ear with the open hand.
    • box To beat; thrash; strike with the fist or hand; especially, to strike on the ear or side of the head: as, “they box her about the ears,”
    • box To fight with the fists, whether bare or incased in boxing-gloves; combat with or as with the hands or fists.
    • n box A name in Australia (usually with a distinctive epithet, as bastard, black, white, etc.) of many eucalypts, and of a few trees of the genus Tristania, belonging to the same family: applied chiefly because of the qualities of their timber, which more or less resembles true boxwood. See the phrases below. In Australia the name is also applied to several shrubs or trees on account of their odor, which resembles that of the true box (see China box), or of their dwarf habit with leaves like the true box (see heath box and native box).
    • n box In machinery: A die for cutting the thread on a wooden screw.
    • n box In irrigation, a device for measuring water through a small flume of rectangular section.
    • n box In turpentine-making, the cavity cut in a pine-tree to receive the resin which flows from the scarified surface above.
    • n box In mining, a small mine-car; a hutch; a tub.
    • n box A mix-up of things that should be kept apart, as different flocks or mobs of sheep.
    • box To mix up or allow to be mixed up (things, such as different flocks of sheep, which should be kept apart).
    • box To grain or board on the grain side with a graining-board, to give skin a rough or pebbled effect.
    • n box A sparoid fish, Box boops, known from the Mediterranean to the southern coast of England.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The household wrench was invented by boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in 1922
    • n Box boks a tree remarkable for the hardness and smoothness of its wood: the contents of a box: a small house or lodge, as a shooting-box, &c.: in a theatre, a small enclosure with several seats—the boxes = their occupants, the ladies: an old square pew or similar enclosure, as a sentry-box, signal-box, &c.: the driver's seat on a carriage: the case in which the ship's compass is kept
    • v.t Box to put into or furnish with boxes:
    • n Box boks a blow on the head or ear with the hand
    • v.t Box to strike with the hand or fist
    • v.i Box to fight with the fists
    • v.t Box (slang) to overturn a watchman in his box
    • Box (Shak.) a case or receptacle for holding anything
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Quotations

  • Bobby Hull
    Bobby Hull
    “Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    William%20M.%20Thackeray
    “Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.”
  • Forrest Gump Movie
    Forrest Gump Movie
    “Life is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you're gonna get.”
  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    “When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door.”
  • Bob Seger
    Bob Seger
    “When you're in a relationship, you're always surrounded by a ring of circumstances... joined together by a wedding ring, or in a boxing ring.”
  • Alicia Silverstone
    Alicia Silverstone
    “My favorite thing in the world is a box of fine European chocolates which is, for sure, better than sex.”

Idioms

Box and dice - Box and dice means everything.
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Box clever - (UK) If you box clever, you use your intelligence to get what you want, even if you have to cheat a bit.
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Box of fluffy ducks - (NZ) Used when something is working well or going your way. If you are happy, you are a box of fluffy ducks. Also can be shortened to 'a box of fluffies'.
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Boxing and coxing - If people are boxing and coxing, they are sharing responsibilities so that one of them is working while the other isn't. It can also be used when couples are sharing a house, but their relationship has broken down and when one is at home, the other stays out.
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Out of the box - Thinking out of the box is thinking in a creative way. However, it can also be used for a ready-made product that requires no specialist knowledge to set it up.
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Pandora's box - If you open a Pandora's box, something you do causes all sorts of trouble that you hadn't anticipated.
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Tick all the right boxes - To meet or fit the criteria or expectations. For example, "This product ticked all the right boxes for me", or "That applicant's interview didn't go so well; it didn't tick any of my boxes".
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
As. box, a small case or vessel with a cover; akin to OHG. buhsa, box, G. büchse,; fr. L. buxus, boxwood, anything made of boxwood. See Pyx, and cf. Box a tree, Bushel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. box—L. buxus—Gr. pyxos, the tree, pyxis, a box.

Usage

In literature:

As long as she could remember she had been permitted to play with the contents of the late Herr Conrad Wilner's wonder-box.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
The fuel, wood or coal, is held in the fire-box.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The box was an old, old box.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
He ran the beans through the grinder, rapidly turning the crank on the box until they were a coarse powder.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Now, "nature abhors a vacuum," so air will get into the smoke-box if there be a way open.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
In due time Beechnut returned, bringing with him a large round box, which he said that Mrs. Henry had sent to Phonny and Malleville.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
Oh, here's a shilling for the cabman; give it to him, and get my box taken upstairs.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
This can be made in the form of an open box from cigar-box wood, and glued to the deck.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
Keep the apricots in boxes, with layers of fine paper.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Moisture condenses easily in a metal box, and if not removed will cause the box to become rusty.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
You don't mean to say that they are making all this fuss over a trifling thing like a snuff box?
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
We have volumes and volumes, and boxes and boxes of them.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Walter slipped a florin from his mother's box of savings and brought it to the Halleman boys, who were so remarkably respectable.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
Bring me one of the paper boxes of candles which you have just purchased from Don Mario.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
No extra charge for box seats.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
If I only had a dime, as the man said, I'd spend it for a box of cigareets just to git the chromo-card.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The boxes or rooms are arranged in convenient order, but are not fastened together.
"Primary Handwork" by Ella Victoria Dobbs
It was the box, the box!
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
Our ordinary little boxing matches were nothing to it.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Well, I finds youse in a box, so I'll call youse Dick Box.
"The Newsboy Partners" by Frank V. Webster
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In poetry:

Harlem
Sent him home
in a long box-
Too dead
To know why:
"Deceased" by Langston Hughes
The little box of the little box
Also fell in love with herself
And conceived
Still another little box
"Last News About The Little Box" by Vasko Popa
The little box which contains the world
Fell in love with herself
And conceived
Still another little box
"Last News About The Little Box" by Vasko Popa
We brought a rug for sitting on,
Our lunch was in a box.
The sand was warm. We didn't wear
Hats or shoes or socks.
"The Picnic" by Dorothy Keeley Aldis
Sparks from the box-side flying
Sank deep in my memory,
Till in a light undying
Two eyes cast their spell on me,—
"Hamar-Made Matches" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Then youthful box, which now hath grace
Your houses to renew,
Grown old, surrender must his place
Unto the crisped yew.
"Ceremonies For Candlemas Eve" by Robert Herrick

In news:

Wu Ching-kuo, the influential President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), is moving the sport back to pro-style judging and removing the debatably useful headgear in his attempt to move amateur boxing closer to the pro model.
The Woonsocket middleweight and Woonsocket Boxing Club boxer will bring an 8-5-1 record into a six-round matchup with Philip Burnette (2-5, 1 KO) of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Gardner tops local boxers on Thursday's boxing card.
Jack Thompson opened his new boxing and mixed martial arts gym at 5000 E Fourth Plain in July JRT Boxing and MMA will host an amateur MMA show on Saturday.
Old School Boxing owner Terry Buterbaugh says his gym is the only one in the city that teaches according to World Boxing Association standards.
"I love boxing, " he says, standing in the middle of the padded floor at 2112 E Platte Ave, in a rented space he's turned into Old School Boxing Gym.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991.
Little opened Bainbridge Island Boxing Club in August 2011 and began teaching boxing and kickboxing with a handful of other instructors.
Selections were made by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.
And so, at 19, I went to the Lawton Boxing and Kickboxing Center, talked with the folks, saw what they were teaching and knew immediately – I wanted to learn to box .
From November 23-December 10, take 20% off 10 one-pound boxes or 5 two-pound boxes.
There are about 3 million boxes being recalled because metal fragments could be in the cereal. Here are the UPC numbers and use by dates on the boxes.
1 box yellow cake mix 1 11 oz can mandarin oranges with juice 1/2 cup cooking oil 1 can strawberry soda (if strawberry unavailable, use sprite) 4 eggs 1 small box strawberry Jello.
The EH-320 horizontal machining center from Feeler features a double-wall, rib-reinforced frame on a box-in-box structural design for increased stability and efficiency.
Think Outside The Box Inside The Box Media Adds New Contributor, Katie Taggart, to the College Desk Column.
Lastly, one box of 16 crayons costs Washoe county 26-cents and that 1.6 million could buy 6.1 million boxes of crayons.
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In science:

Let d be the number of diagonal boxes in λ (i.e., the number of diagonal boxes in the Young diagram corresponding to λ).
Determinantal random point fields
For λ ր Λ, let RΛ/λ (resp. CΛ/λ ) be the boxes of λ in the same row (resp. column) as the boxes removed from λ to get Λ.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
The diagram Q is a bookkeeping device; namely, add a box (with the number k + 1 in it) to Qk exactly at the place, where the new box has been added to Pk .
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
There are four distinct graphs contributing to the 4–gluon vertex: the gluon box b, the ghost box g, the gluon triangle t and the gluon candy c.
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories
We show that for all d ≥ 2, the mixing time of the random walk on the perturbed box, is up to constant, the same as the mixing time of simple random walk on the original box.
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster
If we consider a system in a square box, with Jµ = (j, 0, 0), as we tune j from positive to negative there is a phase transition between eigenfunctions localized on opposite faces of the box.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
In the case of the system in a box, even for vanishing J there would be eigenfunctions exponentially localized on the faces of the box, and the phase transition would occur at a non-vanishing value of J .
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
Both methods are based on a similar algorithm, which begins with dividing the time series (of returns) into boxes of equal length and normalizing the data in each box by subtracting the sample mean (R/S) or a linear trend (DFA).
A simple model of price formation
Since noise from CASA boxes was found to be a significant source of RF transients, data were taken with some or all CASA boxes disabled by turning off high voltage (HV) supply to the photomultipliers.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
All other box diagram prototypes that give contributions to these amplitudes can be obtained from the above box prototypes by means of crossing relations (e.g. u ↔ t, and mχa ↔ mχb ).
Prototype Graphs for radiative Corrections to Polarized Chargino or Neutralino Production in Electron-Positron Annihilation
The rhs is the partition function of a system of M balls distributed at random and with weights tn among N boxes, empty boxes being forbidden.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
One is that i does not appear in the top row of the two line array, indicating that the tableau at step i was not the result of removing a box from the tableau at step i − 1, but rather came from adding a box labelled i to the tableau at step i − 1.
Random walks and random fixed-point free involutions
Let φ be the flow box for v at y and let Φ be the flow box for v at πX Y (y).
A Frame Bundle Generalization of Multisymplectic Momentum Mappings
The slightly higher values of β in the RGGs stems from the additional time used when partitioning the ddimensional box into smaller boxes.
Random Geometric Graphs
The number in the upper left of each box gives the number of planets in that box.
What can exoplanets tell us about our Solar System?
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