box (n.1)

"rectangular wooden container," usually with a lid, Old English box, also the name of a type of shrub, from Late Latin buxis, from Greek pyxis "boxwood," pyxion "writing table, box," made of boxwood, from pyxos "box tree," which is of uncertain origin. Beekes suggests a loan-word from Italy, as that is where the tree is native. Dutch bus, German Büchse "box; barrel of a gun," also are Latin loan-words.

Meaning "compartment at a theater" is from c. 1600 (box seat in the theatrical sense is by 1850). Meaning "pigeon-hole at a post office" is from 1832. Meaning "television" is from 1950 (earlier "gramophone player," 1924). Meaning "station of a player in baseball" is from 1881. Graphics sense "space enclosed within borders and rules" is from 1929. Slang meaning "vulva" is attested 17c., according to "Dictionary of American Slang;" modern use seems to date from c. World War II, perhaps originally Australian, on notion of "box of tricks." Box lunch (n.) attested from 1899. The box set "multiple-album, CD or cassette issue of the work of an artist" is attested by 1955. To think or act outside the box "contrary to convention" is attested by 1994.

box (n.2)

"a blow," c. 1300, of uncertain origin, older than the verb, possibly related to Middle Dutch boke, Middle High German buc, and Danish bask, all meaning "a blow;" perhaps imitative; perhaps from some sense of box (n.1) or (v.2).

box (v.1)

"to put into storage, place into a box," mid-15c., from box (n.1). Related: Boxed; boxing.

box (v.2)

"to beat, thrash, strike with the fist or hand," late 14c., from box (n.2). Meaning "to fight with the fists" (intransitive), whether gloved or not, is from 1560s. Related: Boxed; boxing.

box (n.3)

genus of small evergreen trees, Old English, from Latin buxus, from Greek pyxos "box tree," which is of uncertain origin. Beekes suggests a loan-word from Italy, as that is where the tree is native. Compare box (n.1).

Definitions of box
box (n.)
a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid;
he rummaged through a box of spare parts
box (n.)
private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance;
the royal box was empty
Synonyms: loge
box (n.)
the quantity contained in a box;
he gave her a box of chocolates
Synonyms: boxful
box (n.)
a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible;
Synonyms: corner
box (n.)
a rectangular drawing;
box (n.)
evergreen shrubs or small trees;
Synonyms: boxwood
box (n.)
any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned;
the umpire warned the batter to stay in the batter's box
box (n.)
the driver's seat on a coach;
an armed guard sat in the box with the driver
Synonyms: box seat
box (n.)
separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people;
the sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold
box (n.)
a blow with the hand (usually on the ear);
I gave him a good box on the ear
box (v.)
put into a box;
box the gift, please
Synonyms: package
box (v.)
hit with the fist;
I'll box your ears!
box (v.)
engage in a boxing match;