a box or receptacle for holding sand, especially one large enough for children to play in.

1565–75; sand + box1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To sandbox
World English Dictionary
sandbox (ˈsændˌbɒks)
1.  a container on a railway locomotive from which sand is released onto the rails to assist the traction
2.  a box with sand shaped for moulding metal
3.  a container of sand for small children to play in
4.  computing a protected environment in which an untrusted program may be run without affecting other parts of the system

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Computing Dictionary

sandbox definition

(UK: "sandpit")
1. A protected, limited environment where applications (e.g. Java programs downloaded from the Internet) are allowed to "play" without risking damage to the rest of the system.
2. A term for the R&D department at many software and computer companies (where hackers in commercial environments are likely to be found). The term is half-derisive, but reflects the truth that research is a form of creative play.
Compare playpen.
3. link farm.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Finally, the emptied basin of what used to be a fountain had turned into something resembling a septic sandbox.
Determining data usage by the sandbox and other features.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature