- 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
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Examples from the Web for sandbox
Wall Street gets to game the government; Republican big wigs get to mimic their masters in a sandbox of their own.Wall Street Wolves Want to Bring their Big Bucks to the GOP Party
February 20, 2014
VIEW OUR EXCLUSIVE IMAGES of teensy motorcycle jackets, mini trench coats, and other highlights of sandbox style.Gucci Debuts Kids' Line
June 24, 2010
He wrote on for a few moments; then he raised the sandbox and sprinkled the document.Bardelys the Magnificent
With the sandbox tilted in the air, like a dicer about to make his throw, he looked at the lad.The Tavern Knight
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
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
- 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
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Word Origin and History for sandbox
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