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[ boks ]SEE DEFINITION OF box

Synonyms for box

  • carton
  • crate
  • pack
  • package
  • trunk
  • bin
  • case
  • casket
  • chest
  • coffer
  • portmanteau
  • receptacle
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOX

The box was passed from hand to hand, and excited universal admiration.

She was in a box with two men—one old and one young—and an older woman.

I'm in the Critchleys' box to-night and I understand she's to be there.

A broken kitchen knife had been thrust through a bit of the paper on the box.

"I believe the Evil One is in the box," said he, with some vexation.

When he opened the box, the first book which he picked up was The Conquest of Fear.

Her mother laughed merrily, and pretended to box her daughter's ears.

I know he is in it all, and the dark is only the box he keeps his bright things in!

Dirk wondered a little as to where the box of paper collars came from.

The necktie he had just found lying in the bottom of the box.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English box "a wooden container," also the name of a type of shrub, from Late Latin buxis, from Greek pyxis "boxwood box," from pyxos "box tree," of uncertain origin. See OED entry for discussion. German Büchse also is a Latin loan word.

Meaning "compartment at a theater" is from c.1600. Meaning "pigeon-hole at a post office" is from 1832. Meaning "television" is from 1950. Slang meaning "vulva" is attested 17c., according to "Dictionary of American Slang;" modern use seems to date from c.World War II, perhaps originally Australian, on notion of "box of tricks." Box office is 1786; in the figurative sense of "financial element of a performance" it is first recorded 1904. Box lunch (n.) attested from 1899. The box set, "multiple-album, CD or cassette issue of the work of an artist" is attested by 1955.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BOX

TV

nounvisual and audio entertainment transmitted via radio waves
  • TV set
  • audio
  • baby-sitter
  • boob tube
  • box
  • eye
  • idiot box
  • receiver
  • small screen
  • station
  • television set
  • telly
  • tube
  • vid
  • video

basket

nounwoven container
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