An incorrect plural of box formed by analogy with oxen. While ox is subject to a special form of pluralization, box is correctly pluralized by the more common appending of 'es' to the end of the word, resulting in 'boxes'. Similar example would be 'foxes'.
- context|computing|slang Multiple computers (or occasionally a single computer), especially those running Unix.
#*1996, Siu Ha Vivian Chu, DEC vt320 --> linux boxen in comp.os.linux.networking
#*: i can't seem to find any how-to regarding connecting a terminal to a linux boxen via parallel port...
#*2002, Gregory Seidman, serving debian to redhat boxen in muc.lists.debian.user
#*:Furthermore, it is necessary that all four Linux boxen have the same development environment...
Category:English plurals ending in "-en"