• View of Box Hill, Misty Day
    View of Box Hill, Misty Day
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n boxing the enclosure of something in a package or box
    • n boxing fighting with the fists
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scrap-Box Scrap-Box
Reinforced Butt Joint in Box Reinforced Butt Joint in Box
Forms of Box Construction Forms of Box Construction
Glueing Together a Box Glueing Together a Box
Daisy takes the necklace out of the box Daisy takes the necklace out of the box
The Color Box The Color Box
Match-Box Bedstead Match-Box Bedstead
Match-Box Washstand Match-Box Washstand

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Canadian holiday Boxing Day got its name from the custom of giving. Servants were given boxes which had money hidden inside them from their employers. The servants would have to break the box into pieces to get the money
    • Boxing Any boxlike inclosure or recess; a casing.
    • Boxing Material used in making boxes or casings.
    • n Boxing The act of fighting with the fist; a combat with the fist; sparring; pugilism.
    • Boxing The act of inclosing (anything) in a box, as for storage or transportation.
    • Boxing (Arch) The external case of thin material used to bring any member to a required form.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Found a box of Tampax Tampons: "Remove used tampon before inserting a new one."
    • n boxing Nautical, a square piece of dry hard wood used in connecting the frame-timbers of a ship.
    • n boxing One of the cases on each side of a window into which the inside shutters are folded.
    • n boxing plural The sides of a window-frame where the weights hang.
    • n boxing plural Among millers, coarse flour separated in the process of bolting.
    • n boxing The process of fitting a piece of wood to receive a tenon.
    • n boxing The giving of a box or present, as at Christmas. See boxing-day.
    • n boxing The act or practice of fighting with the fists, with or without boxing-gloves; sparring.
    • n boxing In mining, a method of securing shafts solely by slabs and wooden pegs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Boxing is considered the easiest sport for gamblers to fix.
    • Boxing the act of fighting with the fists: a combat with the fists
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  • Lord Byron
    “I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.”
  • Bobby Hull
    Bobby Hull
    “Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.”
  • Frank Bruno
    Frank Bruno
    “Boxing is just show business with blood.”
  • Jack Dempsey
    Jack Dempsey
    “All the time he's boxing, he's thinking. All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him.”
  • Avery Brooks
    Avery Brooks
    “At least the box is full of something useful. [On his photo gracing a box of Raisin Bran]”
  • Claiborne Pell
    Claiborne Pell
    “People who leave Washington do so by way of the box... ballet or coffin.”


Box and dice - Box and dice means everything.
Box clever - (UK) If you box clever, you use your intelligence to get what you want, even if you have to cheat a bit.
Box of fluffy ducks - (NZ) Used when something is working well or going your way. If you are happy, you are a box of fluffy ducks. Also can be shortened to 'a box of fluffies'.
Boxing and coxing - If people are boxing and coxing, they are sharing responsibilities so that one of them is working while the other isn't. It can also be used when couples are sharing a house, but their relationship has broken down and when one is at home, the other stays out.
Out of the box - Thinking out of the box is thinking in a creative way. However, it can also be used for a ready-made product that requires no specialist knowledge to set it up.
Pandora's box - If you open a Pandora's box, something you do causes all sorts of trouble that you hadn't anticipated.
Tick all the right boxes - To meet or fit the criteria or expectations. For example, "This product ticked all the right boxes for me", or "That applicant's interview didn't go so well; it didn't tick any of my boxes".


In literature:

Still there may be other boxes.
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
This was an infinite advance in convenience on tinder-box No.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
It was at this moment that the big box-sled containing the cadets hove into sight.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
Those boxes and barrels could be used to pack all sorts of things in.
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" by Arthur M. Winfield
The loss of the tin box was the question of the hour, and "society" topics were not just then in order.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
Some evergreen shrubs in boxes stood around, and there were wooden arm-chairs, beside some settees.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
When the boxes came in view there was a scream of delight.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
Then she soberly hunted up a box of tiny, vivid pink note paper, a much treasured possession, and set to work on the fateful letter.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
In this box was another, made of some dark metal, which I took to be lead.
"The Five Jars" by Montague Rhodes James
He could handle what he liked, dig around in any corner or box, eat when he wished.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates

In poetry:

This box contains the music of the spheres;
Its Swiss machinery records the stars.
Ever the listener given to fancy hears
The strings of Venus and the drum of Mars.
"The Attic" by Henri Coulette
That how we live measures our own nature,
And at his age having no more to show
Than one hired box should make him pretty sure
He warranted no better, I don't know.
"Mr Bleaney" by Philip Larkin
The pillar box is fat and red,
The pillar box is high;
It has the flattest sort of head
And not a nose or eye,
But just one open nigger mouth
That grins when I go by.
"The Pillar Box" by Katherine Mansfield
And strangers were as brothers to his clocks,
And with his spires he made a human sky;
Museums stored his learning like a box,
And paper watched his money like a spy.
"from In Time of War" by W H Auden
He had forty-two boxes, all carefully packed,
With his name painted clearly on each:
But, since he omitted to mention the fact,
They were all left behind on the beach.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
But Father, dear Father, come home with me now
They won’t give you any more gills
For Mother’s been trying to poison herself
With a box of Pink Pale People’s Pills.
"Father Come Home" by Billy Bennett

In news:

One of those awesome red, white and blue boxes showed up in the mail box yesterday.
A week ago at Husk restaurant, workers sifted through boxes and boxes of tomatoes, readying them for ketchup production as chef Sean Brock and his staff busily prepared for the restaurant's grand opening on Monday, Nov 8.
Boxing Legend Tommy 'The Hitman' Hearns is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota this weekend.
Junction box SIMCO Industrial Static Control Hatfield PA USA SIMCO introduces a new junction box for use with the Blue Bar HL and PerforMAX 3 HL.
A box containing only straight pulls that is calculated by the straight-pull method could be too small if there are spliced conductors in the junction box .
JACK IN THE BOX This is what our cat did when tempted with a treat in an empty kleenex box.
My Husband I made this Buzz costume from foam board, poster board, storage box, shirt box, craft foam and a clear salad bowl.
Filling a box full of boxes.
Don't try to box me into a corner politically, unless there is a box that says "they're all rich assh@les".
DNF Controls' AnyWhere Interface Box is a single-box solution designed to create interoperability between incompatible systems or extend existing systems without custom programming or interfacing.
Chicago's Music Box Films has taken up the distribution chores, and the first two parts of "The Story of Film" arrive this weekend at the Music Box .
Music Box Theater's Oscar in the Box is Campy Send-up of all Things Hollywood.
Residents are encouraged to donate nonperishable items such as boxed stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, canned sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, boxed biscuit or muffin mix.
Black Box Wines is the latest entry in the premium segment of wines sold in a box.
Beverage-service outlets are driving growth for the packaging, and companies like Black Box think consumers are ready to embrace the bag-in-box as well.

In science:

In most simulations of this paper, the total Av (0) across the box is 0.14 mag for a total length of the box R = 5 pc: we refer to them as “Small cloud ” (or standard) simulations.
Effects of turbulent diffusion on the chemistry of diffuse clouds
We adopt the French convention, in which the southmost row has λ1 boxes, the next higher row has λ2 boxes, etc.
Puzzles, Tableaux and Mosaics
If a box (i, j ) belongs to a connected component C then we define its level h(i, j ) as the smallest positive integer such that (i+h, j +h) does not belong to C . A border component is a connected subset of a connected component where all boxes have the same level.
A generalization of MacMahon's formula
The multiscale analysis requires the notion of a finite volume operator, a “restriction” Hω ,x,L of Hω to the box ΛL (x) where the “randomness based outside the box ΛL (x)” is not taken into account.
Multiscale Analysis and Localization of Random Operators
Usually Hω ,x,L is defined as the restriction of Hω , either to the open box ΛL (x) with Dirichlet boundary condition, or to the closed box ΛL (x) with periodic boundary condition.
Multiscale Analysis and Localization of Random Operators