[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sandbox

/ (ˈsændˌbɒks) /


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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