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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  The  quantity  that  a  box  contain. 
 
  3.  A  space  with  a  few  seats  partitioned  off  in  a  theater,  or 
  other  place  of  public  amusement. 
 
  Laughed  at  by  the  pit,  box,  galleries,  nay,  stage. 
  --Dorset. 
 
  The  boxes  and  the  pit  are  sovereign  judges. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  A  chest  or  any  receptacle  for  the  deposit  of  money;  as  a 
  poor  box;  a  contribution  box. 
 
  Yet  since  his  neighbors  give  the  churl  unlocks, 
  Damning  the  poor,  his  tripple-bolted  box.  --J. 
  Warton. 
 
  5.  A  small  country  house.  ``A  shooting  box.''  --Wilson. 
 
  Tight  boxes  neatly  sashed.  --Cowper. 
 
  6.  A  boxlike  shed  for  shelter;  as  a  sentry  box. 
 
  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. 
 
  8.  The  driver's  seat  on  a  carriage  or  coach. 
 
  9.  A  present  in  a  box;  a  present;  esp.  a  Christmas  box  or 
  gift.  ``A  Christmas  box.''  --Dickens. 
 
  10.  (Baseball)  The  square  in  which  the  pitcher  stands. 
 
  11.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  Mediterranean  food  fish;  the  bogue. 
 
  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. 
 
  {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}  (Zo["o]l.),  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}  (Zo["o]l.),  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) 




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