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9 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Boce \Boce\ (b[=o]s), noun [L. box, bocis, Gr. bo'ax, bw^x.] (Zool.) A European fish ({Box vulgaris}), having a compressed body and bright colors; -- called also {box}, and {bogue}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Box \Box\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Boxed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Boxing}.]

1. To inclose in a box.

2. To furnish with boxes, as a wheel.

3. (Arch.) To inclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form.

{To box a tree}, to make an incision or hole in a tree for the purpose of procuring the sap.

{To box off}, to divide into tight compartments.

{To box up}. (a) To put into a box in order to save; as, he had boxed up twelve score pounds. (b) To confine; as, to be boxed up in narrow quarters.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Box \Box\, noun; pl. {Boxes} [As. box a small case or vessel with a cover; akin to OHG. buhsa box, G. b["u]chse; fr. L. buxus boxwood, anything made of boxwood. See {Pyx}, and cf. {Box} a tree, {Bushel}.]

1. A receptacle or case of any firm material and of various shapes.

2. The quantity that a box contain.

3. A space with a few seats partitioned off in a theater, or other place of public amusement.

Laughed at by the pit, box, galleries, nay, stage. --Dorset.

The boxes and the pit are sovereign judges. --Dryden.

4. A chest or any receptacle for the deposit of money; as, a poor box; a contribution box.

Yet since his neighbors give, the churl unlocks, Damning the poor, his tripple-bolted box. --J. Warton.

5. A small country house. "A shooting box." --Wilson.

Tight boxes neatly sashed. --Cowper.

6. A boxlike shed for shelter; as, a sentry box.

7. (Mach) (a) An axle box, journal box, journal bearing, or bushing. (b) A chamber or section of tube in which a valve works; the bucket of a lifting pump.

8. The driver's seat on a carriage or coach.

9. A present in a box; a present; esp. a Christmas box or gift. "A Christmas box." --Dickens.

10. (Baseball) The square in which the pitcher stands.

11. (Zool.) A Mediterranean food fish; the bogue.

Note: Box is much used adjectively or in composition; as box lid, box maker, box circle, etc.; also with modifying substantives; as money box, letter box, bandbox, hatbox or hat box, snuff box or snuffbox.

{Box beam} (Arch.), a beam made of metal plates so as to have the form of a long box.

{Box car} (Railroads), a freight car covered with a roof and inclosed on the sides to protect its contents.

{Box chronometer}, a ship's chronometer, mounted in gimbals, to preserve its proper position.

{Box coat}, a thick overcoat for driving; sometimes with a heavy cape to carry off the rain.

{Box coupling}, a metal collar uniting the ends of shafts or other parts in machinery.

{Box crab} (Zool.), a crab of the genus {Calappa}, which, when at rest with the legs retracted, resembles a box.

{Box drain} (Arch.), a drain constructed with upright sides, and with flat top and bottom.

{Box girder} (Arch.), a box beam.

{Box groove} (Metal Working), a closed groove between two rolls, formed by a collar on one roll fitting between collars on another. --R. W. Raymond.

{Box metal}, an alloy of copper and tin, or of zinc, lead, and antimony, for the bearings of journals, etc.

{Box plait}, a plait that doubles both to the right and the left.

{Box turtle} or

{Box tortoise} (Zool.), a land tortoise or turtle of the genera {Cistudo} and {Emys}; -- so named because it can withdraw entirely within its shell, which can be closed by hinged joints in the lower shell. Also, humorously, an exceedingly reticent person. --Emerson.

{In a box}, in a perplexity or an embarrassing position; in difficulty. (Colloq.)

{In the wrong box}, out of one's place; out of one's element; awkwardly situated. (Colloq.) --Ridley (1554)

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Box \Box\, noun [Cf.Dan. baske to slap, bask slap, blow. Cf. {Pash}.] A blow on the head or ear with the hand.

A good-humored box on the ear. --W. Irving.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Box \Box\, verb (used without an object) To fight with the fist; to combat with, or as with, the hand or fist; to spar.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Box \Box\, verb (used with an object) To strike with the hand or fist, especially to strike on the ear, or on the side of the head.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Box \Box\, verb (used with an object) [Cf.Sp. boxar, now spelt bojar.] To boxhaul.

{To box off} (Naut.), to turn the head of a vessel either way by bracing the headyards aback.

{To box the compass} (Naut.), to name the thirty-two points of the compass in their order.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Box \Box\ (b[o^]ks), noun [As. box, L. buxus, fr. Gr. ?. See {Box} a case.] (Bot.) A tree or shrub, flourishing in different parts of the world. The common box ({Buxus sempervirens}) has two varieties, one of which, the dwarf box ({Buxus suffruticosa}), is much used for borders in gardens. The wood of the tree varieties, being very hard and smooth, is extensively used in the arts, as by turners, engravers, mathematical instrument makers, etc.

{Box elder}, the ash-leaved maple ({Negundo aceroides}), of North America.

{Box holly}, the butcher's broom ({Russus aculeatus}).

{Box thorn}, a shrub ({Lycium barbarum}).

{Box tree}, the tree variety of the common box.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

box

noun

1: a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; "he rummaged through a box of spare parts"

2: private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance; "the royal box was empty" [syn: {box}, {loge}]

3: the quantity contained in a box; "he gave her a box of chocolates" [syn: {box}, {boxful}]

4: a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible; "his lying got him into a tight corner" [syn: {corner}, {box}]

5: a rectangular drawing; "the flowchart contained many boxes"

6: evergreen shrubs or small trees [syn: {box}, {boxwood}]

7: any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned; "the umpire warned the batter to stay in the batter's box"

8: the driver's seat on a coach; "an armed guard sat in the box with the driver" [syn: {box}, {box seat}]

9: separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people; "the sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold"

10: a blow with the hand (usually on the ear); "I gave him a good box on the ear"

verb

1: put into a box; "box the gift, please" [syn: {box}, {package}] [ant: {unbox}]

2: hit with the fist; "I'll box your ears!"

3: engage in a boxing match

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