boxing

1
[bok-sing]

noun

the material used to make boxes or casings.
a boxlike enclosure; casing.
an act or instance of putting into or furnishing with a box.

Nearby words

  1. boxful,
  2. boxgrove man,
  3. boxhaul,
  4. boxhead,
  5. boxholder,
  6. boxing day,
  7. boxing glove,
  8. boxing ring,
  9. boxroom,
  10. boxthorn

Origin of boxing

1
First recorded in 1510–20; box1 + -ing1

boxing

2
[bok-sing]

noun

the act, technique, or profession of fighting with the fists, with or without boxing gloves.

Origin of boxing

2
First recorded in 1705–15; box2 + -ing1

box

1
[boks]

noun

a container, case, or receptacle, usually rectangular, of wood, metal, cardboard, etc., and often with a lid or removable cover.
the quantity contained in a box: She bought a box of candy as a gift.
Chiefly British. a gift or present: a Christmas box.
a compartment or section in a public place, shut or railed off for the accommodation of a small number of people, especially in a theater, opera house, sports stadium, etc.
a small enclosure or area in a courtroom, for witnesses or the jury.
a small shelter: a sentry's box.
British.
  1. a small house, cabin, or cottage, as for use while hunting: a shooting box.
  2. a telephone booth.
  3. a wardrobe trunk.
the driver's seat on a coach.
the section of a wagon in which passengers or parcels are carried.
Automotive. the section of a truck in which cargo is carried.
the box, Informal. television: Are there any good shows on the box tonight?
part of a page of a newspaper or periodical set off in some manner, as by lines, a border, or white space.
any enclosing, protective case or housing, sometimes including its contents: a gear box; a fire-alarm box.
Baseball.
  1. either of two marked spaces, one on each side of the plate, in which the batter stands.
  2. either of two marked spaces, one outside of first base and the other outside of third, where the coaches stand.
  3. the pitcher's mound.
  4. the marked space where the catcher stands.
a difficult situation; predicament.
Agriculture. a bowl or pit cut in the side of a tree for collecting sap.
Jazz Slang.
  1. a stringed instrument, as a guitar.
  2. a piano.
Informal.
  1. a phonograph.
  2. a boom box.
  3. a computer.
Slang. a coffin.
Slang: Vulgar.
  1. the vulva or vagina.
  2. basket(def 9).

verb (used with object)

to put into a box: She boxed the glassware before the movers came.
to enclose or confine as in a box (often followed by in or up).
to furnish with a box.
to form into a box or the shape of a box.
to block so as to keep from passing or achieving better position (often followed by in): The Ferrari was boxed in by two other cars on the tenth lap.
to group together for consideration as one unit: to box bills in the legislature.
Building Trades. to enclose or conceal (a building or structure) as with boarding.
Agriculture. to make a hole or cut in (a tree) for sap to collect.
to mix (paint, varnish, or the like) by pouring from one container to another and back again.
Australian.
  1. to mix groups of sheep that should be kept separated.
  2. to confuse someone or something.

Verb Phrases

box out, Basketball. to position oneself between an opposing player and the basket to hinder the opposing player from rebounding or tipping in a shot; block out.

Origin of box

1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English, probably < Late Latin buxis, a reshaping of Latin pyxis; see boîte

Related formsbox·like, adjective

box

2
[boks]

noun

a blow, as with the hand or fist: He gave the boy a box on his ear.

verb (used with object)

to strike with the hand or fist, especially on the ear.
to fight against (someone) in a boxing match.

verb (used without object)

to fight with the fists; participate in a boxing match; spar.
to be a professional or experienced prizefighter or boxer: He has boxed since he was 16.

Origin of box

2
1300–50; Middle English box a blow, boxen to beat, of uncertain origin

box

4
[boks]

verb (used with object)

Nautical. to boxhaul (often followed by off).
Meteorology. to fly around the center of a storm in a boxlike pattern in order to gather meteorological data: to box a storm.

Origin of box

4
1745–55; probably < Spanish bojar to sail around, earlier boxar, perhaps < Catalan vogir to (cause to) turn ≪ Latin volvere (see revolve); influenced by box1

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British Dictionary definitions for boxing

boxing

noun

  1. the act, art, or profession of fighting with the fists, esp the modern sport practised under Queensberry rules
  2. (as modifier)a boxing enthusiast

box

1

noun

a receptacle or container made of wood, cardboard, etc, usually rectangular and having a removable or hinged lid
Also called: boxful the contents of such a receptacle or the amount it can containhe ate a whole box of chocolates
any of various containers for a specific purposea money box; letter box
(often in combination) any of various small cubicles, kiosks, or sheltersa telephone box or callbox; a sentry box; a signal box on a railway
a separate compartment in a public place for a small group of people, as in a theatre or certain restaurants
an enclosure within a courtroomSee jury box, witness box
a compartment for a horse in a stable or a vehicleSee loosebox, horsebox
British a small country house occupied by sportsmen when following a field sport, esp shooting
  1. a protective housing for machinery or mechanical parts
  2. the contents of such a box
  3. (in combination)a gearbox
a shaped device of light tough material worn by sportsmen to protect the genitals, esp in cricket
a section of printed matter on a page, enclosed by lines, a border, or white space
a central agency to which mail is addressed and from which it is collected or redistributeda post-office box; to reply to a box number in a newspaper advertisement
the central part of a computer or the casing enclosing it
short for penalty box
baseball either of the designated areas in which the batter may stand
the raised seat on which the driver sits in a horse-drawn coach
NZ a wheeled container for transporting coal in a mine
Australian and NZ an accidental mixing of herds or flocks
a hole cut into the base of a tree to collect the sap
short for Christmas box
a device for dividing water into two or more ditches in an irrigation system
an informal name for a coffin
taboo, slang the female genitals
be a box of birds NZ to be very well indeed
the box British informal television
think outside the box or think out of the box to think in a different, innovative, or original manner, esp with regard to business practices, products, systems, etc
tick all the boxes to satisfy all of the apparent requirements for success
out of the box Australian informal outstanding or excellenta day out of the box

verb

(tr) to put into a box
(tr ; usually foll by in or up) to prevent from moving freely; confine
(tr foll by in) printing to enclose (text) within a ruled frame
(tr) to make a cut in the base of (a tree) in order to collect the sap
(tr) Australian and NZ to mix (flocks or herds) accidentally
(tr sometimes foll by up) NZ to confuseI am all boxed up
nautical short for boxhaul
box the compass nautical to name the compass points in order
Derived Formsboxlike, adjective

Word Origin for box

Old English box, from Latin buxus from Greek puxos box ³

box

2

verb

(tr) to fight (an opponent) in a boxing match
(intr) to engage in boxing
(tr) to hit (a person) with the fist; punch or cuff
box clever to behave in a careful and cunning way

noun

a punch with the fist, esp on the ear

Word Origin for box

C14: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Dutch boken to shunt, push into position

box

3

noun

a dense slow-growing evergreen tree or shrub of the genus Buxus, esp B. sempervirens, which has small shiny leaves and is used for hedges, borders, and garden mazes: family Buxaceae
the wood of this treeSee boxwood (def. 1)
any of several trees the timber or foliage of which resembles this tree, esp various species of Eucalyptus with rough bark

Word Origin for box

Old English, from Latin buxus

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Word Origin and History for boxing
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Idioms and Phrases with boxing

box

In addition to the idioms beginning with box

  • box office
  • box score
  • box the compass

also see:

  • in a bind (box)
  • on one's soapbox
  • pandora's box
  • stuff the ballot box
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