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Definition of box
- informalshort for gearbox.
- 1used to refer to the immediate usability or functionality of a newly purchased product, typically an electronic device or a piece of software:most laptops come with wireless capability out of the box console games need to be good to go right out of the box the product is designed as an out-of-the-box portal for the medium to large enterprise
- 2Australian/NZ unusually good:the novel is nothing out of the box[by association with the phrase look fresh out of a bandbox 'look very smart' (see bandbox)]
late Old English, probably from late Latin buxis, from Latin pyxis 'boxwood box', from Greek puxos (see box3)