Box \Box\, n.; 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
1. A receptacle or case of any firm material and of various
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.
The boxes and the pit are sovereign judges.
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.
5. A small country house. "A shooting box." --Wilson.
Tight boxes neatly sashed. --Cowper.
6. A boxlike shed for shelter; as, a sentry box.
(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.
(Arch.), a beam made of metal plates so as to have
the form of a long box.
(Railroads), a freight car covered with a roof and
inclosed on the sides to protect its contents.
, a ship's chronometer, mounted in gimbals,
to preserve its proper position.
, a thick overcoat for driving; sometimes with a
heavy cape to carry off the rain.
, a metal collar uniting the ends of shafts or
other parts in machinery.
(Zool.), a crab of the genus Calappa, which,
when at rest with the legs retracted, resembles a box.
(Arch.), a drain constructed with upright sides,
and with flat top and bottom.
(Arch.), a box beam.
(Metal Working), a closed groove between two
rolls, formed by a collar on one roll fitting between
collars on another. --R. W. Raymond.
, an alloy of copper and tin, or of zinc, lead,
and antimony, for the bearings of journals, etc.
, a plait that doubles both to the right and the
(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
In the wrong box
, out of one's place; out of one's element;
awkwardly situated. (Colloq.) --Ridley (1554)