ldoce_034_gboxbox1 /bɒks $ bɑːks/ ●●●S1W1 noun1containerCONTAINER [countable]DTI a container for putting things in, especially one with four stiffstraight sidescardboard/wooden/plastic etc boxa strong cardboard boxtoolbox/shoebox/matchbox etc (=a box used for keeping tools etc in)2amountAMOUNT IN A BOX (also boxful) [countable]TM the amount of something contained in a boxbox ofa box of chocolates3shapeSQUARE SHAPETCN [countable]a)a small square on a page for people to write information inPut 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 writtenThe box on the left gives a short history of the battle.4in 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 sittingthe jury box5small building [countable] a small building or structure used for a particular purposeSYN bootha sentry boxtelephone box British English6 →box 25/450 etc7sports fieldSPORTS FIELD [countable usually singular]DS a special area of a sportsfield that is marked by lines and used for a particular purposethe penalty box8protectionWORN DURING SPORTS [countable] British EnglishDS a piece of plastic that a man wears over his sexorgans to protect them when he is playing a sport, especially cricket9treeTREE [countable, uncountable]HBP a small tree that keeps its leaves in winter and is often planted around the edge of a garden or fielda 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.
box• 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 teabags and cigarettes are boxed, then wrapped in cellophane.From King 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.Originbox1(900-1000)Latinbuxus, from Greekpyxis, from pyxos type of tree, whose wood was used for making boxesbox21. (1300-1400) Origin unknown. 2. (1400-1500) → BOX1