A wooden box with a hinged lid
A wooden box with a hinged lid
An elaborate late 17th to early 18th century box (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City)
An elaborate late 17th to early 18th century box (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City)

A box (plural: boxes) is a container used for the storage or transportation of its contents. Most boxes have flat, parallel, rectangular sides. Boxes can be very small (like a matchbox) or very large (like a shipping box for furniture), and can be used for a variety of purposes from functional to decorative.

Boxes may be made of a variety of materials, both durable, such as wood and metal; and non-durable, such as corrugated fiberboard and paperboard. Corrugated metal boxes are commonly used as shipping containers.

Most commonly, boxes have flat, parallel, rectangular sides, making them rectangular prisms; but boxes may also have other shapes.

Boxes may be closed and shut with flaps, doors, glue or a separate lid. They can be secured shut with adhesives, tapes, or more decorative or elaborately functional mechanisms, such as a catch, clasp or lock.

Types of box

Packaging box

An empty corrugated fiberboard box
An empty corrugated fiberboard box
A corrugated box with a folding lid used for pizza
A corrugated box with a folding lid used for pizza
A juice box with soju
A juice box with soju

Several types of boxes are used in packaging and storage.

Depending on locale and usage, the terms carton and box are sometimes used interchangeably. The invention of large steel intermodal shipping containers has helped advance the globalization of commerce.[1][2]

Storage boxes

See also: Decorative boxes

Art Nouveau powder box, circa 1902, made of glass and parcel-gilt silver, in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (New York City)
Art Nouveau powder box, circa 1902, made of glass and parcel-gilt silver, in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (New York City)
Cake boxes
Cake boxes
Traditional container for baby powder and puff in South India, made of silver
Traditional container for baby powder and puff in South India, made of silver

Boxes for storing various items in can often be very decorative, as they are intended for permanent use and sometimes are put on display in certain locations.

The following are some types of storage boxes :

Electrical boxes

In electrical terminology, a "box" is used to contain and protect connections, thus:

Postal service boxes

Pillar box of 1856, at the West Gate, Warwick, England
Pillar box of 1856, at the West Gate, Warwick, England

Boxes, where postal workers deposit incoming mail for the recipient, include:

A relay box is similar to a post or mailbox, but totally locked; post office trucks deposit mail that is then retrieved and delivered by pedestrian mail carriers. In the United States, they are painted differently from collection boxes.

Booths that are sometimes called boxes

See also: Booth (disambiguation)

Seating

Other boxes

Library book drop box
Library book drop box

Gallery

References

  1. ^ Levinson, Marc. "Sample Chapter for Levinson, M.: The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger". The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. Princeton University Press. Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  2. ^ Gittins, Ross. "How the invention of a box changed our world - Business - smh.com.au". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  3. ^ Hewett, Gwen (2008). FCS Office Practice L3. Pearson South Africa. ISBN 9781770251274.
  4. ^ "Windale, Rose. "Saving lives with Emergency Medicine". healthzine.org. Retrieved 2008-12-19". Archived from the original on 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2012-08-30.

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