Does "box" in "box score" mean featured printed matter enclosed by hairlines, a border, or white space and placed within or between text columns.? Thank you!

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The scores are arranged in a table, and the word 'box' is often used to mean a drawn or printed square around text. If you are familiar with word processors or other publishing software, you may know that you can create text boxes.

Webster's dictionary explains the etymology beneath its definition of 'box score':

from its arrangement in a newspaper box

Newspaper text and articles may be separated in different ways. Sometimes there is a visible box around text, or a line between columns; other publications may just leave a gap. Similarly, text boxes drawn in software such as a word processor may have visible borders or not - it still confines the text to a box. The visibility of a border doesn't matter, there is still a box.

  • Thank you so very much for you detailed explanations
    – Maurice
    Jan 27, 2023 at 14:27

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