From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_034_gboxbox1 /bɒks $ bɑːks/ ●●● S1 W1 noun 1 containerCONTAINER [countable]DTI a container for putting things in, especially one with four stiff straight sidescardboard/wooden/plastic etc box a strong cardboard boxtoolbox/shoebox/matchbox etc (=a box used for keeping tools etc in)2 amountAMOUNT IN A BOX (also boxful) [countable]TM the amount of something contained in a boxbox of a box of chocolates3 shapeSQUARE SHAPETCN [countable] a) a small square on a page for people to write information in Put an ‘X’ in the box if you would like to join our mailing list. b) a square or rectangle on a page where information is given or where an answer can be written The box on the left gives a short history of the battle.4 in a court/theatre etcIN A THEATRE/COURT [countable]APTSCT a small area of a theatre or court that is separate from where other people are sitting the jury box5 small building [countable] a small building or structure used for a particular purpose SYN booth a sentry boxtelephone box British English 6 → box 25/450 etc7 sports fieldSPORTS FIELD [countable usually singular]DS a special area of a sports field that is marked by lines and used for a particular purpose the penalty box8 protectionWORN DURING SPORTS [countable] British EnglishDS a piece of plastic that a man wears over his sex organs to protect them when he is playing a sport, especially cricket9 treeTREE [countable, uncountable]HBP a small tree that keeps its leaves in winter and is often planted around the edge of a garden or field a box hedge10 → the box11 → be out of your box → black boxCOLLOCATIONStypes of boxa cardboard/wooden/plastic boxWe packed all our things into big cardboard boxes.a storage box (=for storing things in)Plastic storage boxes are useful for putting things in the attic.a toolboxThe hammer’s in the tool box.a shoebox (=that you buy shoes in)She used to keep photographs in old shoe boxes.a sandwich/lunch boxMost of the kids bring lunch boxes to school.a jewellery box British English, a jewelry box American EnglishA jewellery box had gone missing.a money box (=that children save money in)How much have you got in your money box?a cash box (=for keeping a supply of money in, for example in a shop)Thieves stole £100 from a cash box at the school.phrasesa pile/stack of boxesThere was a pile of boxes in the street outside the house.
Examples from the Corpusbox• It comes from a collection of letters I found in a box at the top of the attic.• We need only your blue box.• I did not want to die impaled on a boom box during midair turbulence.• a cardboard box• For instance: Ban all polystyrene, such as packing chips, meat trays and some egg boxes.• the penalty box• The young Sri Lankan scorer in the press box awarded it to Manuel.• All the complex calculations are built into the software; all you do is enter the numbers in the right boxes.• the batter's box• I go back over the contents of the boxes, particularly some correspondence I had not examined.• After building your own machine you certainly will not be worried about opening the box!• The box on the left gives a short history of the Alamo.• Check this box if you would like information about our other products.• five wooden boxescardboard/wooden/plastic etc box• But there is also something worrying about a plastic box outwitting humans at this most cerebral of pastimes.• I carry Jack in a cardboard box and he seems relaxed as we have a quiet conversation in the dark.• For similar reasons, they enjoy playing with sand and cardboard boxes.• There was an ironing-board, two kitchen chairs and a couple of broken wooden boxes snaked around the front room.• They sat on bedrolls or collapsed cardboard boxes along Park Boulevard.• Buckingham Palace is at one end of the Mall, and at the other end people are sleeping in cardboard boxes.• The music was simply put into cardboard boxes and left in his brother's basement.box of• a box of chocolatestelephone box• Once we spent all day - somewhere near Pitlochry, I think - in a telephone box playing battleships.• How they connected it - he was on his way home and there's a telephone box.• There was a telephone box just outside; she had promised to call Anne.• They cluster around telephone boxes and the bus station, plotting to head north.• The first telephone boxes were designed by Sir Giles Scott in 1935, they were made of cast iron.• Until recently, 1p coins topped the league when it came to money lost in or near telephone boxes.• Look out for the old red telephone box which stands nearby.• And that phone call ... Part of it was overheard by one of the village ladies waiting just outside the telephone box.penalty box• The money is to go in a penalty box kept by Grandmother; the proceeds will go to a charity.• I can't help thinking that the battle in the penalty box tomorrow will be just as vital.• If two-minute penalties were handed out for four-letter words, Newman would still be in the penalty box.• The goal came off a throw-in from Joaquin Del Olmo to Blanco in the penalty box.• Officials sent offenders to the penalty box left and right.box hedge• No suitable material came to hand for the box hedges.• This is a strongly conceived space, with the box hedge enclosing the area in a flowing curve.boxbox2 ●○○ verb 1 [intransitive, transitive]DS to fight someone as a sport by hitting them with your closed hands inside big leather gloves2 (also box up) [transitive]DTI to put things in boxes Help me box up the Christmas tree lights. → boxed3 [transitive]DRAW to draw a box around something on a page4 → box somebody’s ears → box somebody/something ↔ in → box something ↔ off→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusbox• She'd just box a few ears, knock a few heads together like she did with the Rattries, and chase them off.• Nearly all the pews were boxed in, the panels chest-height, narrow doors allowing entry.• I should be able to box Jerome.• Items like tea bags and cigarettes are boxed, then wrapped in cellophane.From Longman Business Dictionaryboxbox /bɒksbɑːks/ noun1think outside the box to think of ideas and solutions that are completely different and new, especially in businessIt’s always diffiult to think outside the box and come up with a good product name.2tick all the boxes/have ticks in all the right boxes if something ticks all the boxes, you think it is very good and exactly what you wantSony’s new high definition TV ticks all the boxes.Origin box1 (900-1000) Latin buxus, from Greek pyxis, from pyxos type of tree, whose wood was used for making boxes box2 1. (1300-1400) Origin unknown. 2. (1400-1500) → BOX1