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Box appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • A box of biscuits,
    a box of mixed biscuits,
    and a biscuit mixer.
  • I bought a bit of baking powder and baked a batch of biscuits. I brought a big basket of biscuits back to the bakery and baked a basket of big biscuits. Then I took the big basket of biscuits and the basket of big biscuits and mixed the big biscuits with the basket of biscuits that was next to the big basket and put a bunch of biscuits from the basket into a biscuit mixer and brought the basket of biscuits and the box of mixed biscuits and the biscuit mixer to the bakery and opened a tin of sardines.
    (said to be a diction test for would-be radio announcers: to be read clearly, without mistakes, in less than 20 seconds)

Box appears in many pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Jumping hay dwarves flock quartz box. (31 letters)
  • Few quips galvanized the mock jury box. (32 letters)
  • My jocks box, get hard, unzip, quiver, flow. (32 letters)
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BOX is a horizontally symmetrical word. More symmetrical terms!

Usage statistics for the noun box:

spoken English60.07%written English39.93% conversational speech68.64%task-oriented speech31.36%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun box:

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The word box is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun box

What does box mean as a name of something?

Box is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: boxes (container) / box (shrub) / boxes (variant; shrub)

  1. a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
    • example: he rummaged through a box of spare parts
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: container = any object that can be used to hold things
    • more specific terms:
      • ballot box = a box where voters deposit their ballots
      • bandbox = a light cylindrical box for holding light articles of attire
      • carton = a box made of cardboard
      • jewel casket / 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
      • cigar box = a box for holding cigars
      • casket / coffin = box in which a corpse is buried or cremated
      • crate = a rugged box
      • flat = a shallow box in which seedlings are started
      • hod = an open box attached to a long pole handle
      • letter box / mailbox = a private box for delivery of mail
      • matchbox = a box for holding matches
      • paintbox = a box containing a collection of cubes or tubes of artists' paint
      • pencil case / pencil box = a box for holding pencils
      • play-box / playbox = a box for a child's toys and personal things
      • 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
      • 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
      • strongbox / deedbox = a strongly made box for holding money or valuables
      • tinderbox = a box for holding tinder
      • tuck box = a box for storing eatables
      • window box = a long narrow box for growing plants on a windowsill
    • parts:
      • base = a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
      • lid = a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc.
  2. private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance
    • example: the royal box was empty
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of box: loge
    • more generic word: compartment = a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
    • more specific word: skybox = an elevated box for viewing events at a sports stadium
    • part of: balcony = an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
    • part: box seat = a special seat in a theater or grandstand box
  3. the quantity contained in a box
    • example: he gave her a box of chocolates
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of box: boxful
    • more generic word: containerful = the quantity that a container will hold
  4. a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of box: corner
    • more generic words: plight / predicament / quandary = a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
  5. a rectangular drawing
    • example: the flowchart contained many boxes
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic word: rectangle = a parallelogram with four right angles
  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
    • example: the umpire warned the batter to stay in the batter's box
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: area = a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
    • more specific term: 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
    • part of: ball field / baseball field / diamond = the baseball playing field
  8. the driver's seat on a coach
    • example: an armed guard sat in the box with the driver
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of box: box seat
    • more generic word: seat = furniture that is designed for sitting on
    • part of: coach / coach-and-four / four-in-hand = a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
  9. separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people
    • example: the sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: compartment = a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
    • more specific terms:
  10. a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)
    • example: I gave him a good box on the ear
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: blow = a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

Alternative definition of the noun box


  1. A cuboid container, usually with a hinged lid.
  2. As much as fills a such a container.
  3. A compartment of a storage furniture, or of a part of such a furniture, such as of a drawer, shelving, etc.
  4. A compartment to sit in at a theater, courtroom or auditorium.
  5. A small rectangular shelter like a booth.
  6. A rectangular border around an image or section of text.
  7. A small, empty area on a writable document, delimited by a border, for filling with a tick mark or an ex.
  8. An input field on an interactive electronic display.
  9. A numbered receptacle at a newspaper office for anonymous replies to advertisements.
  10. A trap or predicament.
  11. The driver's seat on a coach.
  12. [cricket] A hard protector for the genitals worn by a batsman or close fielder inside the underpants.
  13. [engineering] A cylindrical casing around for example a bearing or gland.
  14. [football] The penalty area.
  15. [computing, slang] A computer, or the case in which it is housed. [jump, computer, u, s, t]
  16. [slang] (with 'the') Television.
  17. [slang, offensive] The vagina.
  18. [euphemistic] coffin.
  19. [juggling] A pattern usually performed with three balls where the movements of the balls make a boxlike shape.
  20. Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Buxus.
  21. Boxwood: the wood from a box tree.
  22. A blow with the fist.

Specialised definition of the noun box

Glossary of sports

a relatively private enclosed area at a sports venue that contains the best and most luxurious seats (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in many sports, a marked-off part of the playing area used for a special purpose, or subject to special rules (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a protective plastic covering for a sportsman's genitals, worn especially in cricket; to fight using the techniques of boxing, or fight someone in a boxing match (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

gymnastics equipment introduced by Per Henrik Ling (*1776, †1839) to Swedish gymnastics and by Hugo Rothstein (*1810, †1865) to German gymnastics. The box consists of several frame pieces which can be stacked on top of each other and thereby vary the height. The top piece is cushioned and covered with leather. The box is used for preparation for jumping across the vault and for training jumping strength. Due to its design the many parts of the box can be used in physical education for various purposes, e.g. for setting up obstacles in an obstacle course or as goals for various ball games. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

the support in which an athlete plants the base of his or her pole when vaulting (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / athletics

the support in which an athlete plants the base of his or her pole when vaulting

Glossary of sports / bowling

a frame

Glossary of sports / cricket

a hard plastic form of protection for the genitals, worn inside the trousers by batsmen and wicketkeepers (and sometimes close fielders) (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

a defensive formation, when a team is short-handed, in which the four remaining skaters form a square

the penalty box

Glossary of sports / luge

a hollowed out section of the kufens that holds the gummies and bridge legs

Glossary of sports / motorsports

the transmission

Glossary of sports / soccer

the penalty area (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

  • usage: informal

short for penalty box (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb box

What does box mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: boxed | boxing | boxes

  1. put into a box
  2. hit with the fist
    • examples: I'll box your ears! | The fighter managed to box his opponent
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: hit = deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  3. engage in a boxing match
    • examples: Sam and Sue box | Sam cannot box Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being, plural] [Verb]The populace fought
      [Actor 1 - being] and [Actor 2] [Verb]Brenda and Molly fought
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] [Actor 2]Anne fought Cathy
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] with [Actor 2]Brenda fought with Molly

      Verbs of Social Interaction (with the same syntax): battle, debate, fight.

    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: contend / fight / struggle = be engaged in a fight
    • more specific words:


Box is a large village located in Wiltshire, England, about 8 km east of Bath and 11 km west of Chippenham. It is quite a large parish with several settlements, apart from the village of Box, within its boundaries.


Who is Box?

Box a.k.a. Tom McGrath: Thomas "Tom" McGrath is an American film director, animator, and voice actor who is best known for co-directing the 2005 comedy Madagascar and its sequels, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa in 2008 and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in 2012, also providing the voice of Skipper in all films, short films and The Penguins of Madagascar television series. He has portrayed Skipper in every Madagascar installment, being the only voice actor to do so.He has also worked as a voice actor on other DreamWorks animated features like Flushed Away in 2006 and Shrek the Third in 2007. He also stepped in on Flushed Away to help make improvements prior to its release.


  1. Box is a musical group.
  2. Box is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Big Box, Big-Box, Box set, Red Box, Tin box, Toy Box, Toy-Box, Beef Box, Bone Box, Bone-Box, Box Club, Box Five, Box Team, Juke Box, Juke-Box, Time Box, Baier/Box, Black box, Black-Box.


Box a.k.a. Box UK are award-winning software consultants, Agile software developers and UX practitioners delivering high performance products for progressive organisations worldwide.


Box is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in books published by Marvel Comics, specifically Alpha Flight, of which Box was a member.


  1. "Box" is the first box set by indie rock band Guided by Voices. The set was released in 1995 on CD and vinyl. It collects their first four limited-release albums Devil Between My Toes, Sandbox, Self Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia and Same Place the Fly Got Smashed, as well as an LP of previously unavailable material, King Shit and the Golden Boys.
  2. "Box", a compilation of rare and unreleased tracks by Klinik, was released as a 3LP or 2CD box with a 24 page booklet, containing song lyrics and photos by Sabine Voss. The 2CD was re-released in 2004 by Hands Productions.
  3. "Box" is a three-disc EP compilation album released in Germany. It contains non-album songs and remixes of previously released songs that Ministry recorded for Sire Records up to that point. Although it was priced and numbered as a boxed set of CD singles in Germany, it was only available at full import prices overseas. It is a somewhat rare collectors' item.
  4. "Box": This 2CD Box collects most of Dive's 1990-1993 output.
  5. "Box" is a musical album of Helmond.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  6. "BOX" is a musical album of Colorama.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  7. "Box" is a musical album of Mellowdrone.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  8. "Box" is a musical album of Devil Doll.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  9. "Box" is a musical album of Sam Brown.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  10. "BoX" is a musical album of Last Expedition.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  11. "Box" is a musical album of The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  12. "Box" is a musical single of The Mavis's.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  13. "Box" is a musical album of Evils Toy.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  14. "Box" is a musical album of Dead Luke.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  15. "Box" is a composition.


  1. "Box" a.k.a. "The Box" is a 2009 American psychological thriller film based on the 1970 short story "Button, Button" by Richard Matheson, which was previously adapted into an episode of the 1980s iteration of The Twilight Zone. The film is written and directed by Richard Kelly and stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a couple who receive a box from a mysterious man played by Frank Langella who offers them one million dollars if they press the button sealed within the dome on top of the box. However, once the button has been pushed, someone, somewhere, will die.
  2. "Box" is a 2013 short documentary thriller film written and directed by Tarik Abdel-Gawad.
  3. "Box" is a 2010 animated short film directed by Luciana Eguti and Paulo Muppet.
  4. "Box" is a 2013 short documentary film directed by Giovanni Andrade.
  5. "Box" is a 1998 Australian film.
    • country: Australia
    • edited by Catherine Chase
    • released in (17 years ago)
    • award:
      • Australian Film Institute Award for Best Editing in a Non-Feature film nomination for Catherine Chase
      • Australian Film Institute Award for Best Editing in a Non-Feature film, received by Catherine Chase


"BOX" is a monumental sculpture by Roger Berry.

  • completed in (16 years ago)
  • media: cor-ten steel


  1. Box describes a variety of containers and receptacles for permanent use as storage, or for temporary use often for transporting contents.
  2. box a.k.a. Intermodal container: An intermodal container is a standardized reusable steel box. They are used to store and move materials and products in the global containerized intermodal freight transport system efficiently and securely. "Intermodal" indicates that the container can be moved from one mode of transport to another without unloading and reloading the contents of the container. Lengths of containers, which each have a unique ISO 6346 reporting mark, vary from 8 to 56 feet and heights from 8 feet to 9 feet 6 inches. There are about 17 million intermodal containers in the world of varying types to suit different cargoes.
  3. Box: In theater, a box is a small, separated seating area in the auditorium for a limited number of people.
  4. The box, also known as a hot box or sweatbox, is a method of solitary confinement used in humid and arid regions as a method of punishment. Anyone placed in one would experience extreme heat, dehydration, heat exhaustion, even death, depending on when and how long one was kept in one. Another variation of this punishment is known as sweating: the use of a heated room to punish or coerce a person into cooperating with the torturers.
    • also known as The Box
  5. Box: In toss juggling, The Box is a juggling pattern for 3 objects, most commonly balls or bean bags. Two balls are dedicated to a specific hand with vertical throws, and the third ball is thrown horizontally between the two hands. Its siteswap is.
  6. Box a.k.a. Buamu Language: The principal Bwa language, Eastern Bobo Wule, is a Gur language of Burkina Faso. It is one of several closely related languages with the name.
    • also known as Red Bobo, Bouamou, Eastern Bobo Oule, Eastern Bobo Wule, Bwaba, Bwa, Bwamu

Phrases with Box

Phrases starting with the word Box:

  1. box in
  2. box up
  3. Box out
  4. Box set

Phrases ending with the word Box:

  1. F-BOX
  2. δ-Box
  3. Gc Box
  4. In-Box
  5. po box
  6. to box
  7. Big Box
  8. Big-Box
  9. cat box
  10. Fly Box
  11. Hot Box
  12. Rip Box
  13. toe box
  14. toy box
  15. alms box
  16. axle box

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Box

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Google previewIndustrial Refrigeration (1907)

The upper right hand box is a straight 3-tier, containing forty-five apples, but shows the defect of having one row smaller...

Google previewMicrosoft Visual C# 2015: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (2015)

by Joyce Farrell

A check box is a GUI widget the user can click to select or deselect an option. A radio button is an option in a group in which only one can be selected at a time— selecting any radio button automatically deselects the others. An access key ...

Google previewTrends and Topics in Computer Vision (2013)

ECCV 2010 Workshops, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, September 10-11, 2010, Revised Selected Papers by Kiriakos N. Kutulakos

The green bounding box means the ground-truth label of the person is “very relevant”, the blue bounding box means “relevant”, the red bounding box means “ irrelevant”. We can see that the top-ranked instances are all instances labeled either ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Collection Box Set (2016)

by My Ebook Publishing House

Encyclopedia Collection - Box Set - The Encyclopedia of (e)book woooo Pumuonarious * . . Encyclopedia o * tood, . radio. potas and descriptions of frees from round the world UNIVERSE THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND EEYOND Encyclopedia of ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

box; Buxus Latin, a shrub. The leaves are pennatec" and evergreen ; it hath male flowers, ftiat are produced at remote distances frorr the fruit, on the same tree ; the fruit is shaped like a porridge-pot inverted, and is divided into three cells , ...

Google previewDictionary of Untranslatables (2014)

A Philosophical Lexicon by Barbara Cassin, Emily Apter, Jacques Lezra, Michael Wood

TUF, TORAH,TRUTH,VORHANDEN (Box1) Fabienne Brugère, Professor of Philosophy, University of Michel de Montaigne–Bordeaux III • BEAUTY, COMMON SENSE, GOÛT, INGENIUM (Box 2), MORAL SENSE, STANDARD * Judith Butler, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Judaism (2005)

by Sara E. Karesh, Mitchell M. Hurvitz

tzedakah box A common liturgical refrain on the High Holidays (see ROSH HASHANAH; YOM KIPPUR) is that tzedakah, repentance (see SIN AND REPENTANCE), and PRAYER are the means through which human beings can set aside ...

Google previewSafire's Political Dictionary (2008)

by William Safire

little tin box 1964. Republican liberals, members of what Goldwater supporters called the Eastern Establishment (Goldwater: “We ought to saw off the Eastern seaboard and float it out to sea”), denounced the conservative champion as the ...

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Usage statistics for the noun box:

spoken English60.07%written English39.93% conversational speech68.64%task-oriented speech31.36%

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Quotes about Box

The trouble in corporate America is that too many people with too much power live in a box (their home), then travel the same road every day to another box (their office). (Faith Popcorn)
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Scrabble value of B3O1X8

The value of this 3-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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