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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a boxing/tennis/golf etc champion
▪ The show will be opened by the former world boxing champion, Chris Eubank.
Boxing Day
boxing gloves
▪ The trainer laced up Mike's boxing gloves.
shadow boxing
▪ And who better to promote such knock-down prices than boxing champion, Chris Eubank.
▪ But never before a heavy weight boxing champion of the world.
▪ The chain had two boxing glove pendants and was valued at £65.
▪ World heavyweight boxing ends the year much as it started this year and almost every other year - in total chaos.
▪ Willard's restoration of white dominance in heavyweight boxing in 1916 coincided with the re-establishment of the colour line.
▪ Lewis's win provided more than cosmetic surgery to the battered, punch-drunk features of heavyweight boxing.
▪ As a teenager, Dolittle took up boxing.
▪ The boxing match will be held at the Arena.
▪ Among other contributions, Neil Allen looks pityingly at athletics and boxing, and the stink is just as pronounced in soccer.
▪ At first glance it would seem that sport must involve a victim, which rather explains why boxing is considered sporting.
▪ In a boxing ring that's fine, but you can't do that day and night for four days.
▪ Join in and have your own boxing career, watch fights and consult your trainer.
▪ My guess is that I am not alone in waking up to the stunning brutality of boxing.
▪ Neither athletics nor soccer prospered from black participation in the same way as boxing, but there were exceptions.
▪ Then I widened my circle to boxing friends.
▪ These whips dictated not only the shape but also the size of the boxing ring.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Box \Box\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Boxed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Boxing.]

  1. To inclose in a box.

  2. To furnish with boxes, as a wheel.

  3. (Arch.) To inclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form. To box a tree, to make an incision or hole in a tree for the purpose of procuring the sap. To box off, to divide into tight compartments. To box up.

    1. To put into a box in order to save; as, he had boxed up twelve score pounds.

    2. To confine; as, to be boxed up in narrow quarters.


Boxing \Box"ing\, n.

  1. The act of inclosing (anything) in a box, as for storage or transportation.

  2. Material used in making boxes or casings.

  3. Any boxlike inclosure or recess; a casing.

  4. (Arch.) The external case of thin material used to bring any member to a required form.


Boxing \Box"ing\, n. The act of fighting with the fist; a combat with the fist; sparring; pugilism.

Boxing glove, a large padded mitten or glove used in sparring for exercise or amusement.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"fighting with the fists as a sport," 1711, verbal noun from box (v.2).


Etymology 1 n. (context sports English) A sport where two opponents punch each other with gloved fists, the object being to score more points by the end of the match or by knockout, or technical knockout. vb. (present participle of box English) Etymology 2

n. 1 Material used for making boxes or casing. 2 (context construction English) casing. 3 (context programming English) Automatical conversion of value types to objects by wrapping them within a heap-allocated reference type. vb. (present participle of box English)

  1. n. fighting with the fists [syn: pugilism, fisticuffs]

  2. the enclosure of something in a package or box [syn: packing]

Boxing (disambiguation)

Boxing is a combat sport.

Boxing may also refer to:

Boxing (1980 video game)

Boxing is an Atari 2600 video game interpretation of the sport of boxing developed by Activision programmer Bob Whitehead. The game is based on Boxer, an unreleased 1978 arcade game from Whitehead's previous employer, Atari. Boxer was written by Mike Albaugh who also wrote Drag Race for Atari, a game cloned by Activision as Dragster.

Boxing (1981 video game)

Boxing is a multiplayer sports video game produced by Mattel Electronics and released for its Intellivision video game system in 1981. The game simulates a 15-round boxing match with the goal of knocking out the opponent; at the time of the game's release a real-life professional boxing match may have lasted up to 15 rounds.

Boxing (1990 video game)

(known in North America as Heavyweight Championship Boxing) is a boxing video game, developed by Tose and published by Tonkin House which was released in 1990.

Once the player chooses a boxer, the other challengers must be defeated in order to gain the title. Points can be distributed and re-distributed on the fighter's health meter, stamina, and how fast he moves around in the ring. Either uppercuts or normal punches can be used to wear down the opponent in the game.


Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring.

Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth sport and is a common fixture in most international games—it also has its own World Championships. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges' scorecards at the end of the contest. In the event that both fighters gain equal scores from the judges, the fight is considered a draw (professional boxing). In Olympic boxing, due to the fact that a winner must be declared, in the case of a draw - the judges use technical criteria to choose the most deserving winner of the bout.

While people have fought in hand-to-hand combat since before the dawn of history, the origin of boxing as an organized sport may be its acceptance by the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game in BC 688. Boxing evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century, again initially in Great Britain and later in the United States.

Boxing (song)

"Boxing" is a song from Ben Folds Five's 1995 self-titled debut album. It was written by Ben Folds. A live version appears on the 1998 album Naked Baby Photos. The song also appears in a solo version by Folds on the 2005 download-only album iTunes Originals - Ben Folds and in a symphonic version with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra on the 2005 DVD Ben Folds and WASO Live in Perth, and in an a cappella version on Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!.

The song was inspired by Ben Folds' father's love of boxing, and is written from the perspective of Muhammad Ali about the indecision whether or not to quit boxing professionally. The hypothetical monologue is addressed to Howard Cosell, the famous sports announcer who covered boxing matches of that era.

Bette Midler covered the song on her 1998 album Bathhouse Betty. Jon Foreman of Switchfoot covered the song on a rare cover compilation only found on the internet entitled Songs By Other Folk.

Usage examples of "boxing".

To steel his body with the fluid motions and speed of aikido, he also took up boxing and fencing and rounded things out with acrobatics.

Then Marks took his turn in the boxing ring while Akers held Nash in a full nelson.

Finally Jaimie went back to her room to locate MacCarron, while Becker wandered into the bar, where the huge holographic screen was showing a boxing match between two quick little featherweights, one from Zimbabwe and one from Pakistan, both with their fervent and very vocal rooting sections.

It made a change in him right away and he dropped out of the boxing squad to get himself apprenticed to the Bugle Corps.

A thing that had started almost a year ago, with Chief Bugler Houston, and led up through Dynamite Holmes and the boxing into The Treatment and Ike Galovitch and from there to the Stockade and Jack Malloy and the late Fatso Judson, and a lot of other things both before and after, to finally here, where, for this split minute that was the current point of time in the line of time which was not a line but an infinite series of points, four strangers held it all in their hands without even knowing it.

Meyerhold would have his actors trained in the techniques of the acrobatic circus, fencing, boxing, ballet and eurhythmies, gymnastics and modern dance so that they could tell a story through the supple movements of their whole bodies or even just their faces.

The brutish, broken face which moved into the light was well known to be Dan Figgins, ex-heavyweight boxing champion of Glasgow and London, now a bookmaker with a reputation for very rough and unfavourable handling should his clients fail to settle on time.

But an ippon is like a knockout in boxing: fast and sure, no matter what has gone before.

I wended my way among boxing machines, baseball games, strength-testing devices, machine gun emplacements, kinescope peep shows, foot-easers, horoscope venders and the like.

A fighter from one of the Kronk boxing clubs was announced, rap music came booming out of speakers and a procession of handlers and hangers-on appeared out of a door on the side aisle.

He had discovered that Rains disliked Merriwell, and that was enough to establish a bond of friendship between the big plebe and the lad with whom he was boxing.

Elder stepped back out of its arc, pulled the trigger of his pistol, and Stu felt a heavy but painless boxing glove weighted with lead shot land on his chest.

He was dressed in a white shirt, cream flannels and white tackies and looked more like a cricketer than a boxing referee.

Skaeth stood behind Gofraig, and Tamas and Baltair stood on either side of the uninvited guest, effectively boxing him in.

He sported a black spit curl over a beaten-down nose and showed a stomach still hard as a washboard, but he must have had ten years on the kid he was boxing.