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English noun: box

1. box (artifact) a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid

SamplesHe rummaged through a box of spare parts.

Broader (hypernym)container

Narrower (hyponym)alms box, ballot box, bandbox, carton, casket, casket, cereal box, chest, cigar box, coffin, crate, deedbox, flat, hod, jewel casket, letter box, mailbox, matchbox, mite box, paintbox, pencil box, pencil case, play-box, playbox, poor box, pyxis, shadow box, shoebox, snuffbox, strongbox, tinderbox, tuck box, window box

Part holonymbase, lid

2. box (artifact) private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance

SamplesThe royal box was empty.


Broader (hypernym)compartment

Narrower (hyponym)skybox

Part holonymbox seat

Part meronymbalcony

3. box (quantity) the quantity contained in a box

SamplesHe gave her a box of chocolates.


Broader (hypernym)containerful

4. box (state) a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible

SamplesHis lying got him into a tight corner.


Broader (hypernym)plight, predicament, quandary

5. box (shape) a rectangular drawing

SamplesThe flowchart contained many boxes.

Broader (hypernym)rectangle

6. box (plant) evergreen shrubs or small trees


Broader (hypernym)bush, shrub

Narrower (hyponym)Buxus sempervirens, common box, European box

Member meronymBuxus, genus Buxus

Substance holonymboxwood, Turkish boxwood

7. box (artifact) any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned

SamplesThe umpire warned the batter to stay in the batter's box.

Broader (hypernym)area

Narrower (hyponym)batter's box

Part meronymball field, baseball field, diamond

8. box (artifact) the driver's seat on a coach

SamplesAn armed guard sat in the box with the driver.

Synonymsbox seat

Broader (hypernym)seat

Part meronymcoach, coach-and-four, four-in-hand

9. box (artifact) separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people

SamplesThe sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold.

Broader (hypernym)compartment

Narrower (hyponym)jury box, press box, witness box, witness stand

10. box (act) a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)

SamplesI gave him a good box on the ear.

Broader (hypernym)blow

English verb: box

1. box (contact) put into a box

SamplesBox the gift, please.

ExamplesThey box the goods


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)case, encase, incase


2. box (contact) hit with the fist

SamplesI'll box your ears!.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to box his opponent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hit

3. box (contact) engage in a boxing match

ExamplesSam and Sue box, Sam cannot box Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)prizefight, shadowbox, spar

Domain categoryathletics, sport

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