Meaning of BOX in English

BOX

/ bɒks; NAmE bɑːks/ noun , verb

■ noun

CONTAINER

1.

[ C ] (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

2.

[ C ] a box and its contents :

a box of chocolates / matches

IN THEATRE / COURT

3.

[ C ] a small area in a theatre or court separated off from where other people sit :

a box at the opera

the witness / jury box

SHELTER

4.

[ C ] a small shelter used for a particular purpose :

a sentry / signal box

( BrE )

a telephone box

I called him from the phone box on the corner.

SHAPE

5.

[ C ] a small square or rectangle drawn on a page for people to write information in :

Put a cross in the appropriate box.

to tick / check a box

TELEVISION

6.

the box [ sing. ] ( informal , especially BrE ) the television :

What's on the box tonight?

ON ROAD

7.

[ C ] ( BrE ) = box junction :

Only traffic turning right may enter the box.

IN SPORT

8.

[ C ] an area on a sports field that is marked by lines and used for a particular purpose :

( BrE )

He was fouled in the box (= the penalty box).

FOR MAIL

9.

[ C ] = box number

—see also PO box

PROTECTION

10.

[ C ] ( BrE ) a piece of plastic that a man wears over his sex organs to protect them while he is playing a sport, especially cricket

TREE / WOOD

11.

[ C , U ] a small evergreen tree or bush with thick dark leaves, used especially for garden hedges

12.

(also box·wood ) [ U ] the hard wood of this bush

IDIOMS

- give sb a box on the ears

—more at think verb , tick verb , trick noun

■ verb

FIGHT

1.

[ v , vn ] to fight sb in the sport of boxing

PUT IN CONTAINER

2.

[ vn ] box sth (up) to put sth in a box

IDIOMS

- box clever

- box sb's ears

PHRASAL VERBS

- box sb/sth in

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WORD ORIGIN

noun senses 1 to 10 and verb sense 2 late Old English , probably from late Latin buxis , from Latin pyxis boxwood box, from Greek puxos .

verb sense 1 late Middle English (in the general sense a blow ): of unknown origin.

noun senses 11 to 12 Old English , via Latin from Greek puxos .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.