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[sand-boks] /ˈsændˌbɒks/
a box or receptacle for holding sand, especially one large enough for children to play in.
Computers. an environment in which software developers or editors can create and test new content, separate from other content in the project (often used attributively): sandbox web design;
New features are tested and critiqued in the demo sandbox.
Digital Technology. noting or relating to a genre of video game with a nonlinear structure that allows players to roam freely.
Origin of sandbox
First recorded in 1565-75; sand + box1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He wrote on for a few moments; then he raised the sandbox and sprinkled the document.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • With the sandbox tilted in the air, like a dicer about to make his throw, he looked at the lad.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Then there was the snug berth in the sandbox you could curl all up in.

    Nibsy's Christmas Jacob A. Riis
  • He wrote the words after the name, and shook the sandbox over the wet ink.

    The New Magdalen Wilkie Collins
  • We may suppose that Steele called for pens and paper and a sandbox, and took a table in one of White's forward windows.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • The seeds of the sandbox (Hura crepitans) when bruised, operate powerfully as emetico-cathartic.

  • Terrence shouted and hit the dirt behind a sandbox in the schoolyard as the Rumi resumed firing.

  • Its barrenness was formerly much exaggerated, when it was popularly described as the “sandbox of the Holy Roman Empire.”

British Dictionary definitions for sandbox


a container on a railway locomotive from which sand is released onto the rails to assist the traction
a box with sand shaped for moulding metal
a container of sand for small children to play in
(computing) a protected environment in which an untrusted program may be run without affecting other parts of the system
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sandbox

also sand-box, 1570s as an instrument to sprinkle sand, from sand (n.) + box (n.1). From 1680s as "a box holding sand;" 1891 as a low-sided sand pit for children's play.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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