box-n; 10 Senses

Sense Number 1: any rectangular container

Commentary: BOX[+entity][+artifact][+rectangular][+container]

John gave Mary a box of chocolates.
The two boys carried a loud boom box onto the bus. (box-like artifact)
The dentist's office had a big toy box in one corner of the room.
She never thought her kid would be sent home in a box from Iraq. (informal usage)
We used a call box by the roadside to report the fire.
I sent the letter to Sally's box at the post office.
They live in one of those sterile boxes in the suburbs. (box-like architecture)
We need to think outside the box to solve this problem. (figurative extension)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a private, enclosed partition

Commentary: BOX[+entity][+structure][+partition][+enclosed]

He invited us to share his box at the opera.
The defendant stood in front of the jury box to hear the verdict.
The soldier left his sentry box to get a cup of coffee.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 9

Sense Number 3: how much a rectangular container can hold, its capacity

Commentary: BOX[+quantity][+measure][+capacity]
NOTE: answers the question 'how much' or 'how many'

Our family eats three boxes of cereal a week. (how much)
The child felt sick after eating a whole box of chocolate chip cookies.
The wholesale market sells peaches and avocados by the box, not by the piece.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: a predicament not easily avoided

Commentary: BOX[+state][+predicament][-avoidable]
NOTE: a specific metaphoric extension of Sense 1 - refers to an unfortunate situation

Pete feels trapped in a box over this dilemma.
His lying about it got him into a real box at work.
Her therapist helped her get out of the emotional box she had put herself in.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: a two-dimensional rectangle, a square drawing

Commentary: BOX[+form][+2D][+rectangle]

You must check only one box for each question.
A picture of Sandy was in the upper right-hand box of the page.
John drew boxes around the items he wanted in the catalog.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: a type of evergreen shrub

Commentary: BOX[+entity][+organism][+plant][+shrub][+evergreen]

The gardner trimmed the box shrubs around the side of the house.
These evergreen boxes are hardy up through Zone 3.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 7: designated or demarcated areas of sports fields, ball fields

Commentary: BOX[+location][+area][+designated][+field][+sports]

The pinch hitter walked into the batter's box.
He curled in a shot from the edge of the box. (penalty box in soccer)
The ball bounced outside the catcher's box.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 8: the driver's seat of a coach

Commentary: BOX[+entity][+structure][+seat][+driver][+coach]

The tipsy coachman was slumped over in the box, fast asleep.
The stagecoach had a hired gun riding shotgun in the box, next to the driver.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 9: a blow or punch with a hand or paw

Commentary: BOX[+action][+blow][+hand]

The cat gave the dog a box on the snout when he got too close.
The musician suffered hearing loss from too many boxes on the ear as a child.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 10: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)