a record of the play of a game, especially a baseball or basketball game, in which, on separate sides of the record, the players on each team are listed in a column by name and position, with additional rows of columns, each headed by the abbreviation of the type of information to be given for each player.
A detailed summary of actions or an event, as in The President wanted to base his reelection campaign on his box score. The term comes from baseball, where since about 1910 it has signified a statistical summary in table form of the essential details of a game. About 1930 it began to be used figuratively, especially by politicians referring to their own record while in office.
In military slang, the number of dead, wounded, or missing in action. For example, Never mind the details of the battle; just give the lieutenant the box score. [ c. 1950 ]
a seat in a box at the theater, opera, etc. Historical Examples Jorrocks’ Jaunts and Jollities Robert Smith Surtees Buffalo Bill’s Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham Tomaso’s Fortune and Other Stories Henry Seton Merriman Felix Holt, The Radical George Eliot Kitty’s Conquest Charles King The Landloper Holman Day The Crooked Stick Rolf Boldrewood Riding and […]
a sill for a building frame, composed of a plate resting on the basement wall and a joist or header at the outer edge of the plate, as well as a soleplate for the studs resting either directly on the joists or on the rough flooring.
a social event, usually to raise funds, at which individually prepared and contributed box lunches or dinners are auctioned off to the participants, the highest bidder in each case often having the privilege of sharing the meal with its preparer. Historical Examples The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst Land […]
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