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Boce \Boce\ (b[=o]s), n. [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}. [1913 Webster]

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

Box \Box\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Boxed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Boxing}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To inclose in a box.
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     2. To furnish with boxes, as a wheel.
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     3. (Arch.) To inclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

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

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 tree, {Bushel}.]
     1. A receptacle or case of any firm material and of various shapes. [1913 Webster]

     2. The quantity that a box contain.
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     3. A space with a few seats partitioned off in a theater, or other place of public amusement. [1913 Webster]

              Laughed at by the pit, box, galleries, nay, stage.
                                                    --Dorset. [1913 Webster]

              The boxes and the pit are sovereign judges.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. A chest or any receptacle for the deposit of money; as, a poor box; a contribution box. [1913 Webster]

              Yet since his neighbors give, the churl unlocks, Damning the poor, his tripple-bolted box. --J. Warton. [1913 Webster]

     5. A small country house. "A shooting box." --Wilson. [1913 Webster]

              Tight boxes neatly sashed.            --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

     6. A boxlike shed for shelter; as, a sentry box. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     8. The driver's seat on a carriage or coach.
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     9. A present in a box; a present; esp. a Christmas box or gift. "A Christmas box." --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

     10. (Baseball) The square in which the pitcher stands. [1913 Webster]

     11. (Zool.) A Mediterranean food fish; the bogue. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     {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) [1913 Webster]

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

Box \Box\, n. [Cf.Dan. baske to slap, bask slap, blow. Cf. {Pash}.] A blow on the head or ear with the hand. [1913 Webster]

           A good-humored box on the ear.           --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

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

Box \Box\, v. i.
     To fight with the fist; to combat with, or as with, the hand or fist; to spar. [1913 Webster]

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

Box \Box\, v. t.
     To strike with the hand or fist, especially to strike on the ear, or on the side of the head. [1913 Webster]

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

Box \Box\ (b[o^]ks), n. [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. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

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

Box \Box\, v. t. [Cf.Sp. boxar, now spelt bojar.] To boxhaul. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

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

box
   n.

      A computer; esp. in the construction foo box where foo is some functional qualifier, like graphics, or the name of an OS (thus, Unix box, Windows box, etc.) ?We preprocess the data on Unix boxes before handing it up to the mainframe.?


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

277 Moby Thesaurus words for "box":
     Christmas present, archives, armory, arsenal, attic, auditorium, award, bag, balcony, bank, barrel, basement, basket, battle, bay, bin, birthday present, blind alley, blip, blockhouse, blow, bonded warehouse, bookcase, booth, bottle, box in, box seat, box the ears, box up, brawl, broil, buffet, bungalow, bunker, burden, burial case, buttery, cabin, caboose, cadeau, camp, can, capsule, cargo dock, carton, case, cask, casket, cavity, cell, cellar, cellule, chalet, chamber, chest, chop, circumscribe, clash, close, closet, clout, coffin, collide, combat, come to blows, compartment, confine, conservatory, contend, contest, corner, cot, cote, cottage, cramp, crate, crib, crypt, cuff, cul-de-sac, cupboard, cut, cut and thrust, dead end, dead-end street, deadlock, depository, depot, dock, drawer, dress circle, duel, dump, embox, embrace, encapsulate, encase, enclosed space, encyst, enfold, enshroud, envelop, enwrap, exchange blows, exchequer, extremity, fairing, fauteuil, fence, feud, fight, fight a duel, fill, fix, flap, freight, gallery, gift, give and take, give satisfaction, glory hole, godown, grapple, grapple with, halt, hamper, handsel, haymaker, heap, heap up, hem, hem in, hold, hole, hollow, hutch, impasse, invest, jam, jar, jostle, joust, keep from spreading, keep within bounds, kist, lade, lap, lash, library, limit, load, localize, locker, lodge, log cabin, loge, love nest, lumber room, lumberyard, magasin, magazine, manger, mass, mix it up, mummy case, narrow, nigger heaven, oblation, offering, orchestra, orchestra circle, pack, pack away, package, paradise, parcel, parquet, parquet circle, parterre, paste, peace offering, peanut gallery, pew, pickle, pied-a-terre, pile, pit, plight, pocket, pot, present, presentation, proscenium boxes, punch, qualify, quarrel, rack, rassle, repertory, repository, reservoir, restrict, rick, riot, run a tilt, sack, sarcophagus, scramble, scrape, scuffle, shack, shanty, sheathe, shelf, ship, shroud, skirmish, slap, slap the face, smack, smother, snuggery, sock, spank, spar, spot, stack, stack room, stalemate, stall, stand, standing room, standstill, stint, stock room, stop, storage, store, storehouse, storeroom, stow, strike, stripe, strive, struggle, supply base, supply depot, surround, swaddle, swathe, tank, theatre stall, thrust and parry, tighten, tilt, tin, token punishment, tourney, treasure house, treasure room, treasury, tribute, tussle, vat, vault, wage war, war, warehouse, whack, whip, white elephant, whomp, wine cellar, wrap, wrap about, wrap up, wrestle


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