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An empty box made of corrugated fiberboard
An elaborate wooden box

Box (plural boxes) describes a variety of containers and receptacles for permanent use as storage, or for temporary use often for transporting contents.

Boxes may be made of durable material such as wood or metal, or of corrugated fiberboard, paperboard, or other non-durable materials. The size may vary from very small (e.g., a matchbox) to the size of a large appliance. A corrugated box is a very common shipping container. When no specific shape is described, a box of rectangular cross-section with all sides flat may be expected, but a box may have a horizontal cross section that is square, elongated, round or oval; sloped or domed top surfaces, or non-vertical sides.

A decorative box may be opened by raising, pulling, sliding or removing the lid, which may be hinged and/or fastened by a catch, clasp, lock, or adhesive tape.

A common storage box usually has the shape of a cuboid or right rectangular prism[citation needed], although boxes of almost any shape may be used.


Packaging boxes

A corrugated box

Several types of boxes are used in packaging and storage.

  • A corrugated fiberboard box is a shipping container made of corrugated board. These are most commonly used to transport and warehouse products during distribution.
  • A folding carton (sometimes called a box) is fabricated from paperboard. The paperboard is printed (if necessary), die-cut and scored to form a blank. These are transported and stored flat, and erected at the point of filling. These are used to package a wide range of consumer goods.
  • A "set up" box (or rigid paperboard box) is made of a non-bending grade of paperboard. Unlike folding cartons, these are assembled at the point of manufacture and transported already "set-up". Set-up boxes are more expensive than folding boxes and are typically used for high value items such as cosmetics and gift boxes.
  • A wooden box is heavy duty shipping container made of wood. See also crate.
  • A gaylord is a large box often used in industrial environments. It is sized to fit well on a pallet.

Depending on locale and specific usage, the terms carton and box are sometimes used interchangeably.

Wooden wine box

Wooden wine boxes, also known as wooden wine crates are used to ship and store expensive wines in transit. Most wineries that use wooden boxes engrave their logo and designs on the front panel. These panels are usually highly detailed and used by wine collectors as decoration pieces for their bars or wine cellars. A typical wooden wine box holds either six or twelve 750 ml bottles.

Permanent boxes

Numerous types of boxes are used in permanent installations. Permanent boxes may include the following:


Decorative boxes

A jewel box lined with red velvet

Jewelry box

A jewelry (AmE) or jewellery (BrE) box, is a receptacle for trinkets, not only jewels. It may take a very modest form, covered in leather and lined with satin, or it may be larger.

Gift box

Gifts are stored in boxes wrapped in decorative wrapping paper. Gift boxes are usually for containing birthday or Christmas gifts.

Equipment boxes

Shelters or booths

Some people use boxes for shelter, for example to keep warm or dry. Homeless people sometimes use flattened boxes as a substitute for blankets. Other types of box use include:

  • Police box, a booth for use by police in 20th century Britain.
  • Signal box, a building by a railway to coordinate and control railway signals.
  • Penalty box, a booth used in sports where a player sits to serve the time of a given penalty.
  • Telephone box, or telephone booth, containing a public telephone.

Postal service

  • Post box (British English and others, also written postbox), or mailbox (North American English and others) is a physical box used to collect mail that is to be sent to a destination. Varieties of post boxes for outgoing mail include:
  • Post office box, (often abbreviated P.O. box or PO box), a uniquely-addressable lockable box located in a post office station.
  • Post box, can refer to a letter box for incoming mail

Other boxes

  • Ballot box, a box in which votes (ballot papers) are deposited during voting.
  • Black box, something for which the internal operation is not described but its function is.
  • Box, informal reference to large box-shaped parts of a computer, such as the base unit or tower case of a personal computer.
  • Coach Box or the driver's seat on a carriage coach.
  • Dispatch box, (or despatch box), a box for holding official papers and transporting them.
  • Glory box or Hope Chest, a box or chest containing items typically stored by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life.
  • Lunch box, or "lunch pail" or "lunch kit", a rigid container used for carrying food. Can also be decorative.
  • Mitre box, a woodworking tool used to guide a hand saw to make precise mitre cuts in a board.
  • Nest box, a substitute for a hole in a tree for birds to make a nest in.
  • Pandora's box, in Greek mythology, a box containing the evils of mankind and also hope.

See also


Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Box is in the Cotswolds.

Get in


Drive up from Stroud: Follow signs for Minchinhampton up onto the common, Box is on the Southern side of Minchinhampton Common.

Eat and Drink

The Halfway inn, Box, Nailsworth, Good beer (Ales!) and good food (although quite pricy, and service is a bit dodgy apparently), (01453 832631)


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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

BOX (Gr. 7ru os, Lat. buxus, box-wood; cf. ruEcs, a pyx), the most varied of all receptacles. A box may be square, oblong, round or oval, or of an even less normal shape; it usually opens by raising, sliding or removing the lid, which may be fastened by a catch, hasp or lock. Whatever its shape or purpose or the material of which it is fashioned, it is the direct descendant of the chest, one of the most ancient articles of domestic furniture. Its uses are infinite, and the name, preceded by a qualifying adjective, has been given to many objects of artistic or antiquarian interest.

Of the boxes which possess some attraction beyond their immediate purpose the feminine work-box is the commonest. It is usually fitted with a tray divided into many small compartments, for needles, reels of silk and cotton and other necessaries of stitchery. The date of its introduction is in considerable doubt, but 17th-century examples have come down to us, with covers of silk, stitched with beads and adorned with embroidery. In the 18th century no lady was without her work-box, and, especially in the second half of that period, much taste and elaborate pains were expended upon the case, which was often exceedingly dainty and elegant. These boxes are ordinarily portable, but sometimes form the top of a table.

But it is as a receptacle for snuff that the box has taken its most distinguished and artistic form. The snuff-box, which is now little more than a charming relic of a disagreeable practice, was throughout the larger part of the 18th century the indispensable companion of every man of birth and breeding. It long survived his sword, and was in frequent use until nearly the middle of the 19th century. The jeweller, the enameller and the artist bestowed infinite pains upon what was quite as often a delicate bijou as a piece of utility; fops and great personages possessed numbers of snuff-boxes, rich and more ordinary, their selection being regulated by their dress and by the relative splendour of the occasion. From the cheapest wood that was suitable - at one time potato-pulp was extensively used - to a frame of gold encased with diamonds, a great variety of materials was employed. Tortoise-shell was a favourite, and owing to its limpid lustre it was exceedingly effective. Mother-of-pearl was also used, together with silver, in its natural state or gilded. Costly gold boxes were often enriched with enamels or set with diamonds or other precious stones, and sometimes the lid was adorned with a portrait, a classical vignette, or a tiny miniature, often some choice work by an old master. After snuff-taking had ceased to be general it lingered for some time among diplomatists, either because - as Talleyrand explained - they found a ceremonious pinch to be a useful aid to reflection in a business interview, or because monarchs retained the habit of bestowing snuff-boxes upon ambassadors and other intermediaries, who could not well be honoured in any other way. It is, indeed, to the cessation of the habit of snuff-taking that we may trace much of modern lavishness in the distribution of decorations. To be invited to take a pinch from a monarch's snuff-box was a distinction almost equivalent to having one's ear pulled by Napoleon. At the coronation of George IV. of England, Messrs Rundell & Bridge, the court jewellers, were paid £8205 for snuff-boxes for foreign ministers. Now that the snuffbox is no longer used it is collected by wealthy amateurs or deposited in museums, and especially artistic examples command large sums. George, duke of Cambridge (1819-1904), possessed an important collection; a Louis XV. gold box was sold by auction after his death for £2000.

A jewel-box is a receptacle for trinkets. It may take a very modest form, covered in leather and lined with satin, or it may reach the monumental proportions of the jewel cabinets which were made for Marie Antoinette, one of which is at Windsor, and another at Versailles, the work of Schwerdfeger as cabinetmaker, Degault as miniature-painter, and Thomire as chaser.

A strong-box is a receptacle for money, deeds and securities. Its place has been taken in modern life by the safe. Some of those which have survived, such as that of Sir Thomas Bodley in the Bodleian library, possess locks with an extremely elaborate mechanism contrived in the under-side of the lid.

The knife-box is one of the most charming of the minor pieces of furniture which we owe to the artistic taste and mechanical ingenuity of the English cabinet-makers of the last quarter of the 18th century. Some of the most elegant were the work of Adam, Hepplewhite and Sheraton. Occasionally flat-topped boxes, they were most frequently either vase-shaped, or tall and narrow with a sloping lid necessitated by a series of raised stages for exhibiting the handles of knives and the bowls of spoons. Mahogany and satinwood were the woods most frequently employed, and they were occasionally inlaid with marqueterie or edged with boxwood. These graceful receptacles still exist in large numbers; they are often converted into stationery cabinets.

The Bible-box, usually of the 17th century, but now and again more ancient, probably obtained its name from the fact that it was of a size to hold a large Bible. It often has a carved or incised lid.

The powder-box and the patch-box were respectively receptacles for the powder and the patches of the 18th century; the former was the direct ancestor of the puff-box of the modern dressing-table.

The etui is a cylindrical box or case of very various materials, often of pleasing shape or adornment, for holding sewing materials or small articles of feminine use. It was worn on the chatelaine.

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Box f.

  1. box (rectangular container)

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Bible wiki

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From BibleWiki

for holding oil or perfumery (Mk 14:3). It was of the form of a flask or bottle. The Hebrew word (pak) used for it is more appropriately rendered "vial" in 1Sam 10:1, and should also be so rendered in 2Kg 9:1, where alone else it occurs.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Simple English

A cardboard box.

A box is a container used to put things in. It is mainly a cuboid (square) shape, but it can be other shapes too. Boxes are usually made out of cardboard, wood, plastic or metal. Many boxes are made of cardboard, and a lot of them are made, which are primarily used for packaging commercial goods or storing goods and materials. They can be made from bent or wrinkled cardboard. In their most obvious life stage they are popularly used as a cheap material for the construction of a range of projects, among them being science experiments, children's toys, costumes and other things.

A box also means a rectangle, e.g. userbox. But rectangles are mainly referred to as rectangles, the term box is the outline, or perimeter of the rectangle.

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