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Definition: box turtle
n : chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be
closed tightly [syn: box tortoise
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Definition: Box turtle
, n. [Probably the same word as the word
preceding, and substituted (probably by sailors) for the
Spanish or Portuguese name; cf. Sp. tortuga tortoise, turtle,
Pg. tartaruga, also F. tortue, and E. tortoise.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of the numerous species of Testudinata,
especially a sea turtle, or chelonian.
Note: In the United States the land and fresh-water tortoises
are also called turtles.
2. (Printing) The curved plate in which the form is held in a
type-revolving cylinder press.
, Box turtle
, etc. See under Alligator
(Zo["o]l.), a marine turtle of the genus
, having usually a smooth greenish or
olive-colored shell. It is highly valued for the delicacy
of its flesh, which is used especially for turtle soup.
Two distinct species or varieties are known; one of which
) inhabits the warm part of the Atlantic
Ocean, and sometimes weighs eight hundred pounds or more;
the other (Chelonia virgata
) inhabits the Pacific Ocean.
Both species are similar in habits and feed principally on
seaweed and other marine plants, especially the turtle
(Zo["o]l.), a large, handsome cowrie
); the turtle-shell; so called
because of its fancied resemblance to a tortoise in color
(Bot.), a marine plant (Thalassia testudinum
) with grasslike leaves, common about the West
, tortoise shell. See under Tortoise
, n.; pl. Boxes
[As. box a small case or vessel with
a cover; akin to OHG. buhsa box, G. b["u]chse; fr. L. buxus
boxwood, anything made of boxwood. See Pyx
, and cf. Box
1. A receptacle or case of any firm material and of various
2. The quantity that a box contain.
3. A space with a few seats partitioned off in a theater, or
other place of public amusement.
Laughed at by the pit, box, galleries, nay, stage.
The boxes and the pit are sovereign judges.
4. A chest or any receptacle for the deposit of money; as, a
poor box; a contribution box.
Yet since his neighbors give, the churl unlocks,
Damning the poor, his tripple-bolted box. --J.
5. A small country house. “A shooting box.”
Tight boxes neatly sashed. --Cowper.
6. A boxlike shed for shelter; as, a sentry box.
(a) An axle box, journal box, journal bearing, or bushing.
(b) A chamber or section of tube in which a valve works;
the bucket of a lifting pump.
8. The driver's seat on a carriage or coach.
9. A present in a box; a present; esp. a Christmas box or
gift. “A Christmas box.”
10. (Baseball) The square in which the pitcher stands.
11. (Zo["o]l.) A Mediterranean food fish; the bogue.
Note: Box is much used adjectively or in composition; as box
lid, box maker, box circle, etc.; also with modifying
substantives; as money box, letter box, bandbox, hatbox
or hat box, snuff box or snuffbox.
(Arch.), a beam made of metal plates so as to have
the form of a long box.
(Railroads), a freight car covered with a roof and
inclosed on the sides to protect its contents.
, a ship's chronometer, mounted in gimbals,
to preserve its proper position.
, a thick overcoat for driving; sometimes with a
heavy cape to carry off the rain.
, a metal collar uniting the ends of shafts or
other parts in machinery.
(Zo["o]l.), a crab of the genus Calappa
when at rest with the legs retracted, resembles a box.
(Arch.), a drain constructed with upright sides,
and with flat top and bottom.
(Arch.), a box beam.
(Metal Working), a closed groove between two
rolls, formed by a collar on one roll fitting between
collars on another. --R. W. Raymond.
, an alloy of copper and tin, or of zinc, lead,
and antimony, for the bearings of journals, etc.
, a plait that doubles both to the right and the
(Zo["o]l.), a land tortoise or turtle of the
; -- so named because it can
withdraw entirely within its shell, which can be closed by
hinged joints in the lower shell. Also, humorously, an
exceedingly reticent person. --Emerson.
In a box
, in a perplexity or an embarrassing position; in
In the wrong box
, out of one's place; out of one's element;
awkwardly situated. (Colloq.) --Ridley (1554)