1 noun
1 CONTAINER (C) a container for putting things in, especially one with four stiff straight sides
(+ of): a box of tissues | a matchbox | cardboard/wooden box: You need a filing cabinet, not all these cardboard boxes. | toolbox/shoebox etc (=used for keeping tools etc in)
2 AMOUNT IN A BOX also boxful (C) the amount that a box can hold
(+ of): a box of chocolates
3 SQUARE SHAPE (C) 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.
4 IN A THEATRE/COURT (C) a small area of a theatre or court that is separate from where other people are sitting: the jury box
5 box 25/450 etc an address at a post office that people can use instead of their own address; po box
6 SPORTS FIELD (C) a special area of a sports field that is marked by lines and used for a particular purpose: a penalty box
7 WORN DURING SPORTS (C) BrE a piece of plastic that a man wears over his sex organs to protect them when he is playing a sport, especially cricket (2)
8 (C) informal a coffin
9 TREE (C, U) a small tree that keeps its leaves in winter and is often planted around the edge of a garden or field, or the wood from this tree: a box hedge
10 give sb a box on the ears old-fashioned to hit someone on the side of their head
11 the box informal the television: What's on the box tonight?
12 be out of your box BrE slang to be very drunk
-see also: black box 2 verb
1 (I, T) to fight someone as a sport by hitting them with your closed hands inside big leather gloves (glove (2))
2 also box up (T) to put things in boxes
-see also: boxed
3 (T) to draw a box around something on a page
4 box sb's ears old-fashioned to hit someone on the side of their head

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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