Meaning of BOX in English


I. noun


a (big) box office draw (= a successful actor who many people will pay to see )

a box of chocolates (= a box of small sweets covered with chocolate )

I gave Mum a box of chocolates for her birthday.

a boxing/tennis/golf etc champion

The show will be opened by the former world boxing champion, Chris Eubank.

a commentary box (= a small room where the commentators on a sports game sit )

He was in the commentary box, microphone in hand.

a (huge) box office hit/success

a sealed container/box/plastic bag

The specimens he collected were sent back to London in sealed containers.

ballot box

The people have expressed their views through the ballot box.

black box

boom box

box canyon

box end wrench

box junction

box lunch

box number

box office receipts/takings etc (= the number of tickets sold or the money received )

box office

Collect your tickets at the box office.

box room

Boxing Day

boxing gloves

The trainer laced up Mike's boxing gloves.

call box

cash box

chocolate box

He had grown tired of the chocolate box views.

collection box

dialogue box

dispatch box

fuse box

hat box

honesty box

jury box

music box

Pandora's box

The report could open up a Pandora’s box of claims from similar cases.

penalty box

phone box

pillar box

PO Box

Write to P.O. Box 714, Key Largo, Florida.

post office box

press box

safe-deposit box

safety-deposit box

sentry box

set-top box

shadow boxing

signal box

snuff box (= a small box used to keep snuff in )

a snuff box

telephone box

the witness box/stand (= where the witness sits when speaking in court )

He spent three hours in the witness stand.

Just tick the box on your order form.

voice box

window box

witness box




A big box with a small meal inside.

Some are predicting that malls could have a more varied tenant mix, with more big-box retailers moving in.

Teacher: If you found a bigger box could we add it to the train for me to sit in?

But in the evening, one of them would buy a big box of doughnuts, and no one could resist.

I could see the neighbours looking curiously at the big box he had with him.

That bed is a big box he is built by himself, make out of one piece wood.

There's a big box there.

Big box retailer For several years, Home Depot, a big box retailer of hardware, has sought a port site.


A second later there was a loud click and buzz which could only be the black box alarm being activated.

New investigative techniques have opened up the black box of the brain and have begun to shed light on its inner workings.

They're still looking for his black box .

A long black box passed at their feet.

But the congressional intelligence committees are like a black box .

So another crew will come back to many neighborhoods to install the black boxes .

Clearly, if not the ghost, then the organism in the black box could not be ignored.

It was a matt black plastic box .


In one street, the pavement is stacked with cardboard boxes of Toshiba television sets.

He has been seen in the square scooping the birds into a cardboard box 40 at a time.

Next to me a lady with a perforated cardboard box .

Mrs Vanya came back in just a few moments, carrying a very large white cardboard box .

In the center of the room sat a stack of cardboard boxes that had once held equipment.

He opened the cardboard box and took out each item, greeting each like an old friend.

Everything was still in his suitcase; he put the clothes in a cardboard shirt box .

I ended up putting the cardboard from that box in the bottoms of my shoes.


Detroit did huge box office, but, damn, the picture was becoming scary.

While she happily cavorted, I crept up to the huge white smooth box and gingerly touched it.

He nipped out to the off-licence at lunchtime and bought her a huge box of chocolates.

He held two huge boxes of mushrooms.

My men saw that huge box on the water, and we decided to pull it along behind the ship.


Dismayed, Romanov knelt down to study the two larger boxes , both of which looked big enough to hold a cello.

She walks back to her desk, takes out a large yellow box of chocolates and passes them around the room.

When they got near the large boxes , Christopher stood up inside the car and lifted it round to turn it.

Mrs Vanya came back in just a few moments, carrying a very large white cardboard box .

Simply putting them all into a large box is a totally impractical approach.

A volunteer from Project Open Hand was standing in their doorway holding a large box decorated with streamers and balloons.

She shut the trunk and moved on to a large cardboard box .

The antenna was stored in a large box atop Spartan.


Then you take out the little plastic box from your jacket and show him the syringe needle.

That little box is the most powerful thing in the world.

The top right-hand drawer of the desk contained the traditional little tin box and a pistol.

We got to looking at it so till I almost forgot the little box in my hand.

I've got the whole weight of the whole earth pressing in on this little box .

Travel abroad should have compensated her somehow for the little social box that tennis built.

You'd be lonely, stuck in that little box for hours on end.

With the windows all boarded up, that little box went up in a big wham.


She was reading a mail-order catalogue, and had an open half-pound box of Black Magic chocolates beside her.

He taps each envelope on the edge of the door to the open boxes as he searches for the name.

Ensure broken glass and other sharp items are thoroughly wrapped or left in a marked open box .

All I had to do was open my box of colored paper, and I felt better, happy, really.

She was, however, also well-to-do, so she compromised by sitting in the open box next to the screened harem ones.

In his relief, he dropped his pouch and as he stooped the open box of matches spilled around his feet.

They sat round his candle, waiting for him, with the open box in front of them.


Chromes: sit on your side and puzzles from the Red Cross box .

Now it was far too late for a red box and a black Rover.

There is no shortage of uses for the red boxes .

It's in a red box .

One red box is actually the entrance to the bar.

How my heart leaped to see a red pillar box once more, on the other side of the compound!

John gives Mary the coin, she hides it in the red box for safe-keeping and departs.


In such a small box as Alwyn Crawshaw's I would not recommend compartments which restrict space in effect.

I built a small , mirrored box , and I bought a color-changing lizard and placed it inside.

But this small orange box produced by a Thame company could help prevent such accidents in the future.

After a few years Brown began making safes, ranging from high-use restaurant systems to small custom boxes .

Lay out the small , smooth wooden blocks or small boxes where the living compartments for the ants are to be.

They consist of a small box built of fear.

It was a small black box , rather like the Thing, mounted on little treads.

A small box attached to the meter would separate the data signal from the electricity.


Here I cut down several of the largest trees with my knife, and made two wooden boxes .

Professor Marsh eventually took almost five hundred ton-sized wooden boxes of bones from the Como Bluff quarries.

There was an ironing-board, two kitchen chairs and a couple of broken wooden boxes snaked around the front room.

For modern sculpture, galleries use a tall wooden box , stained or painted.

To the right a padlocked wooden box was fixed to the grille.

Jasper and I went into a few more galleries, saw things even less worth looking at than the giant wooden boxes .

I didn't mind; it kept my thoughts off morbid fancies about Granny in her wooden box .

It was a little wooden box with houses painted on it.



No society which believes in democratic values can allow the ballot box to be overridden by the bomb and the bullet.

Only the last two ballot boxes overturned his lead.

Accordingly, that liberty need not seek refuge at the ballot box .

In the meantime, the Polytechnic will still use old-fashioned ballot boxes .

H.. Doing traffic engineering at the ballot box is fools' work.

A Government which is not accountable through the ballot box is not a democratic Government.

Haider and his followers have been gradually building their support at the ballot box for the past decade.


Possibly somewhere between 1901 and the present, Bobsworth had been caught with his hand in the cash box .

They were arrested three weeks later in Liverpool when they were again seen to remove the cash box from a kiosk.

Clinic raided: Burglars stole about £100 from a cash box at the clinic in Zetland Street, Northallerton.

Responsibility for the photocopier cash box . 9.

Jewellery has always been the Arabian woman's cash box .

The imprest would also be £3.77, so that the petty cash box contains £20 for the next day.

Phone cash goes Thieves broke into a cash box in a telephone kiosk at Braintree railway station and stole about £300.


Bedrooms are simply furnished with telephone and safety deposit box .

Where is your safe deposit box , and the keys to it?

Bedrooms have mini-bar and safety deposit box .

One item that intrigued them was a key to a safe deposit box , which was apparently left for them to find.

Bedrooms, served by a lift, have telephone and safety deposit box .

Their customary practice was to deposit receipts in the night deposit box at that branch.

The hotel bedrooms all have safety deposit box and telephone.

The bedrooms do not have a safety deposit box .


The standard file is accessed by many applications to provide the dialogue box which allows files to be opened and saved.

Whenever a file is opened or saved a number of extra buttons appear in the dialogue box .

This dialogue box will search for data within set criteria, extract it and write it to a pre-defined output block.

A dialogue box will appear asking you whether you want a new Program Group or a new Program Item.

Step 7 Close the dialogue box and click on the icon to produce a quote.

All the dialogue boxes are familiar from other Windows applications.

This brings up a dialogue box , where you type in the necessary alterations.


But we need explosives to take out the island or the junction box up above.

Fans up to 35 pounds can be installed in a secured junction box , but anything heavier will need additional support.

This in turn led to the arm and gun junction boxes being redesigned horizontally next to each other rather than grouped centrally at the front.

With the junction box method of wiring, you may simply be able to re-use the cable for the new light fitting.

Option 1 is to connect the supply cable as a spur to an existing loop-in ceiling rose or junction box .

Draw the cables up into the ceiling void, and reconnect them to a four-terminal junction box .

Not that you could take what was left of your mind off the sockets and the junction boxes .

Option 3 involves making a brand new connection to an existing lighting circuit at a convenient point, using a four-terminal junction box .


His eyes rarely left the jury box except occasionally to peer down at his notes.

The jury box is set off by a walnut rail and descending baubles, round spheres of beautifully grained wood.

The judge leaned forward to tell Menzies that he could be seated and then turned slowly towards the Jury box .

He approached the rail of the jury box .

Reporters and court personnel occupied the jury box .


Cutting letter box slots in doors is a job most of us have to do once or twice in a decade.

All of it divvied up, who you talked to, where you walked, which letter box you posted your mail.

Frankie was a nice little thing actually, when there were no screams coming from that amazing letter box mouth.

I shudder to think what I should do when her next social invitation arrives in the letter box !

I glued up the cat flap. 1 sprayed the letter box with insect repellent.

But there are professionals for whom this is a daily task, for them Trend have made an adjustable letter box template.

I mean, she could've burnt the house down that night she put the lighted paper through the letter box .

He was pressed against the wood face, his hips hard on to the letter box , and he cursed the slow reaction.


I can remember that I wanted a care bears lunch box .

When he finishes his supper, the boy tucks the lunch box back into a shopping bag and closes his eyes.

A lunch box is opened, and a cluster of plastic and aluminium jewels gleam from inside.

Leave a Surprise Leave behind a special note to be put into a lunch box or under a pillow.

I picked up my lunch box and I walked to school.

Forty-four little hands gather up coats and lunch boxes and forty-four little feet head down the hall to go home.

I could now see that Richie was providing the sandwiches from the plastic lunch box , perched on his lap.

Plastic Lunch boxes , food storage containers, etc, may melt if stacked close to the heating elements.


He came up to the house that evening, armed with the music box and the monkey.

The sweet, tinkling sound of a music box can stir recollections of everything from childhood to first love.

Does he prefer soft music boxes or rhythmic beats?


Julia Roberts' beauty didn't stop Pretty Woman becoming a smash at the box office .

Reserve tickets in advance by calling the box office at 622-2823.

He was good box office and managements fell over themselves to get his name on their marquees.

Went into orbit at the box office , too.

The winners will be notified tomorrow and they can pick up their tickets at the box office .

He and Eng reasoned that box office receipts would help pay the way back to Los Angeles.

Application forms are available from the box office or sent with your tickets.


The money is to go in a penalty box kept by Grandmother; the proceeds will go to a charity.

Officials sent offenders to the penalty box left and right.

O'Connell's header found Graham completely unmarked inside the penalty box but Goram did enough to touch the ball on to the bar.

If two-minute penalties were handed out for four-letter words, Newman would still be in the penalty box .

Everton bounced back when Barlow smashed a stunning volley from the edge of the penalty box .

I can't help thinking that the battle in the penalty box tomorrow will be just as vital.


She claims she has been forced to wait for him to call her from phone boxes .

I rang his sister from a public phone box .

She spotted the out-of-order phone box and drew up beside it.

Miracle: a phone box empty.

Charlie'd said he wanted to phone Lilian and when I come back over the road he was in a phone box .

When it was safe to do so, Stone entered the phone box and began to make his calls.

Now we haven't even got the phone box .

Police, alerted by a motorist who dashed to a phone box , organised a replacement ambulance.


He pulled the small plastic box free and laid it on top of the crate, fumbling in his jacket pocket for something.

Then you take out the little plastic box from your jacket and show him the syringe needle.

The plastic box was about seven inches long and five across.

One tactic is simply to shield the device, by enclosing it in a metal or plastic box of low impedance.

So I packed my plastic box , and off I went.

Forget all the images you have of little plastic boxes and bored housewives.

They're asking people to look out for the substances which were in a large grey plastic box .

Once they can sit up, babies love to bash saucepans, plastic boxes , biscuit tins, cupboards and fireguards.


The young Sri Lankan scorer in the press box awarded it to Manuel.

My duty was to run statistical information and other paperwork from trackside up to the press box .

Armed guards stood on the stairs to the press box .

Awnings on top of the press box were damaged.

In the press box , the sports reporters are already writing her into their leads.

It is aimed at him from the darkened press box .


The box set has given a history to popular music, by providing perspective.

The box set has given stature to popular and obscure artists, by providing context.

Every artist should be allowed to design the retrospective box set that will define a lifetime, as has Santana.

Do old radio broadcasts, minor record labels and second-rate artists merit box sets ?


Approaching the signal box he mounted the steps, the hand-rail creaking as he used it for support.

A class D9 No. 6028 departs southwards, seen from the signal box .

With the modernisation of the railway system, Brooke End signal box was abandoned, its structure left to stand forlorn.

He walked along Platform 2 and noticed smoke coming from the signal box .

Between the years 1902-1902, there was actually a signal box situated well inside the Woodhead tunnel.

A typical branch line country station complete with signal box has been created.

Terror gripped the two men as they ran as fast as they could away from the ghostly train towards Elsham signal box .

There is a signal box at each end, East and West also the Breakdown Vans, ready when they are wanted.


The first telephone boxes were designed by Sir Giles Scott in 1935, they were made of cast iron.

Cash stolen: Thieves who broke into Bishop Auckland bowling pavilion stole money from a telephone box .

And that phone call ... Part of it was overheard by one of the village ladies waiting just outside the telephone box .

Look out for the old red telephone box which stands nearby.

One broker was found to be operating from a telephone box at Heathrow airport.

Local government could meet in a telephone box because function is not important.

On the way back, she made me wait on the bench outside the telephone box .

Until recently, 1p coins topped the league when it came to money lost in or near telephone boxes .


He often writes home about his window boxes .

There, perched on the window box with her nose glued to the other side of the glass, was Violet.

If you don't have one, get a window box or hanging basket.

What if Saddle River, New Jersey, has a lot of window boxes ?

Most gardeners will want to grow them in hanging baskets, window boxes and tubs.

Balconies and window boxes along canyon walls maintained refugia of plants and animals hundreds of miles from their core distributions.

Worth considering are species producing six or more flowers per bulb - Tete A Tete is ideal for window boxes .

Plants stood in tubs and window boxes , in terra-cotta pots on the steps.


Evidence depends upon witnesses and, to some extent, their credibility is dependent upon their performance in the witness box .

As it was, when she left the witness box she also left everyone in court in considerable doubt.

As the Inspector stepped out of the witness box I felt confident enough to look him straight in the eye.

However, his appearance in the witness box in support of Gary Blissett in the John Uzzell case was plain barmy.

Hodgson was in the witness box yesterday for the first time in the trial - now in its fifth week.

Paul Menzies left the dock and walked slowly over to the witness box .

However, the theme of attempting to discredit the woman in the witness box continues.

Graham Kelly should be putting his own house in order, not making guest appearances in the witness box .



Could I tick the box in my bird book?

In comparison, John Harrison offered the world a little ticking thing in a box .

They only have to tick the boxes .

Further details of these special loan schemes can be obtained by ticking the appropriate box on the attached coupon.

Mercifully, the Windows shell offers you tick boxes instead of command line switches to make life a little easier.

If you wish to take advantage of this option, simply tick the appropriate box on the application form.

And if you'd like to see the full collection just tick the box on your order form for the complete Essentials.

Please tick the box which best expresses your opinion.


nest of tables/boxes etc

Charles Forster, prosecuting, said Ganguly had stolen a nest of tables and was seen by police.

The Anglo-Nubians posed like a nest of tables by the ropes.

not the sharpest tool in the box/shed

open a Pandora's box

I've opened Pandora's box.

The internet has opened a Pandora's box of threats: its demons have been loosed on us all.

the ballot box

The issue will be decided at the ballot box.

The voters have expressed their views at the ballot box.

They are determined to win power through the ballot box, not by violence.

the dispatch box

think outside the box

tick all the right boxes


a cardboard box

Check this box if you would like information about our other products.

five wooden boxes

The box on the left gives a short history of the Alamo.

the batter's box

the penalty box


After building your own machine you certainly will not be worried about opening the box !

All the complex calculations are built into the software; all you do is enter the numbers in the right boxes.

For instance: Ban all polystyrene, such as packing chips, meat trays and some egg boxes.

I did not want to die impaled on a boom box during midair turbulence.

I go back over the contents of the boxes, particularly some correspondence I had not examined.

It comes from a collection of letters I found in a box at the top of the attic.

The young Sri Lankan scorer in the press box awarded it to Manuel.

We need only your blue box .

II. verb




Nearly all the pews were boxed in , the panels chest-height, narrow doors allowing entry.

Rather than seeing a light at the end of the sanctions tunnel, Hussein felt increasingly boxed in .

Her coach told her she lost some time by getting boxed in , time she could recover in her next race.

Even when you have the problem boxed in on three sides, it can still escape.



She'd just box a few ears , knock a few heads together like she did with the Rattries, and chase them off.

Hera seizing the bow of Artemis from her shoulders and boxing her ears with it this way and that.


nest of tables/boxes etc

Charles Forster, prosecuting, said Ganguly had stolen a nest of tables and was seen by police.

The Anglo-Nubians posed like a nest of tables by the ropes.

not the sharpest tool in the box/shed

open a Pandora's box

I've opened Pandora's box.

The internet has opened a Pandora's box of threats: its demons have been loosed on us all.

the ballot box

The issue will be decided at the ballot box.

The voters have expressed their views at the ballot box.

They are determined to win power through the ballot box, not by violence.

the dispatch box


I should be able to box Jerome.

Items like tea bags and cigarettes are boxed, then wrapped in cellophane.

Nearly all the pews were boxed in, the panels chest-height, narrow doors allowing entry.

She'd just box a few ears, knock a few heads together like she did with the Rattries, and chase them off.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.