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Box (noun 2)

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Box. n.s. [box, Sax. buste, Germ.]

  1. A case made of wood, or other matter, to hold any thing. It is distinguished from chest, as the less from the greater. It is supposed to have its name from the box wood.

    A perfect magnet, though but in an ivory box, will, through the box, send forth his embracing virtue to a beloved needle. Sidney, b. ii.

                                About his shelves
    A beggarly account of empty boxes.
    Shakesp. Rom. and Jul.

    This head is to open a most wide voracious mouth, which shall take in letters and papers. There will be under it a box, of which the key will be kept in my custody, to receive such papers as are dropped into it. Addison. Guard. № 98.

    This casket India's glowing gems unlocks,
    And all Arabia breathes from yonder box.

  2. The case of the mariners compass.

  3. The chest into which money given is put.

    So many more, so every one was used,
    That to give largely to the box refused.

  4. The seats in the playhouse, where the ladies are placed.

    'Tis left to you, the boxes and the pit
    Are sovereign judges of this sort of wit.

    She glares in balls, front boxes, and the ring,
    A vain, unquiet, glittering, wretched thing.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: German (30) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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