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alms box

  • noun box for collecting alms, especially one in a church
    mite box; alms box.
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axle box

Ax"le box`
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  1. A bushing in the hub of a wheel, through which the axle passes.
  2. The journal box of a rotating axle, especially a railway axle. ✍ In railway construction, the axle guard, or pedestal, with the superincumbent weight, rests on the top of the box (usually with a spring intervening), and holds it in place by flanges. The box rests upon the journal bearing and key, which intervene between the inner top of the box and the axle.
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Balaam basket or box

  • (Print.), the receptacle for rejected articles.
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Ballot box

  • noun a box where voters deposit their ballots
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  • a box for receiving ballots.
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batter's box

  • noun an area on a baseball diamond (on either side of home plate) marked by lines within which the batter must stand when at bat
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black box

  • noun equipment that records information about the performance of an aircraft during flight
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boom box

  • noun a portable stereo
    ghetto blaster.
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Box beam

  • noun a beam built up from boards; has a hollow rectangular cross section
    box beam.
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  • (Arch.), a beam made of metal plates so as to have the form of a long box.
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box calf

  • noun black calfskin leather tanned with chromium salts
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box camera

  • noun a simple camera shaped like a rectangular box
    box camera.
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Box car

  • (Railroads), a freight car covered with a roof and inclosed on the sides to protect its contents.
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Box chronometer

  • a ship's chronometer, mounted in gimbals, to preserve its proper position.
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Box coat

  • noun a short coat that hangs loosely from the shoulders
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  • a thick overcoat for driving; sometimes with a heavy cape to carry off the rain.
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Box coupling

  • a metal collar uniting the ends of shafts or other parts in machinery.
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Box crab

  • (Zoöl.), a crab of the genus Calappa, which, when at rest with the legs retracted, resembles a box.
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Box drain

  • (Arch.), a drain constructed with upright sides, and with flat top and bottom.
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Box elder

  • noun common shade tree of eastern and central United States
    Acer negundo; ash-leaved maple.
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  • the ash-leaved maple (Negundo aceroides), of North America.
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box end wrench

  • noun a wrench with a closed loop (a socket) that fits over a nut or bolt head
    box end wrench.
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box family

  • noun widely distributed evergreen shrubs and trees
    Buxaceae; family Buxaceae.
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Box girder

  • noun a beam built up from boards; has a hollow rectangular cross section
    box beam.
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  • (Arch.), a box beam.
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Box groove

  • (Metal Working), a closed groove between two rolls, formed by a collar on one roll fitting between collars on another. R. W. Raymond.
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Box holly

  • the butcher's broom (Russus aculeatus).
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box huckleberry

  • noun creeping evergreen shrub of southeastern United States having small shiny boxlike leaves and flavorless berries
    Gaylussacia brachycera.
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box in

  • verb enclose or confine as if in a box
    box in.
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box kite

  • noun a kite shaped like a box open at both ends
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box kodak

  • noun a simple camera shaped like a rectangular box
    box camera.
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Box metal

  • an alloy of copper and tin, or of zinc, lead, and antimony, for the bearings of journals, etc.
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box number

  • noun the number of a letter box at the post office where mail is collected
    PO Box No; PO box number; box number.
  • noun a mailing address to which answers to a newspaper ad can be sent
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box office

  • noun total admission receipts for an entertainment
  • noun the office where tickets of admission are sold
    ticket office; ticket booth.
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Box plait

  • a plait that doubles both to the rigth and the left.
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box pleat

  • noun a flat double pleat made by folding under the fabric on either side of it
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box seat

  • noun a special seat in a theater or grandstand box
  • noun the driver's seat on a coach
    box.
    • an armed guard sat in the box with the driver
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box spring

  • noun a coiled bedspring in a frame that is covered with cloth
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Box thorn

  • a shrub (Lycium barbarum).
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Box tortoise

  • noun chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be closed tightly
    box tortoise.
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  • (Zoöl.), a land tortoise or turtle of the genera Cistudo and Emys; so named because it can withdraw entirely within its shell, which can be closed by hinged joints in the lower shell. Also, humorously, an exceedingly reticent person. Emerson.
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Box tree

  • the tree variety of the common box.
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Box turtle

  • noun chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be closed tightly
    box tortoise.
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box up

  • verb enclose or confine as if in a box
    box in.
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box white oak

  • noun small deciduous tree of eastern and central United States having dark green lyrate pinnatifid leaves and tough moisture-resistant wood used especially for fence posts
    post oak; brash oak; iron oak; Quercus stellata.
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box wrench

  • noun a wrench with a closed loop (a socket) that fits over a nut or bolt head
    box end wrench.
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box-iron

Box"-i`ron noun
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  1. A hollow smoothing iron containing a heater within.
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box-shaped

  • adjective satellite resembling a box in rectangularity
    boxlike; boxy.
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boxed in

  • adjective satellite enclosed in or as if in a box
    boxed in; boxed.
    • boxed cigars
    • a confining boxed-in space
    • felt boxed in by the traffic
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boxed-in

  • adjective satellite enclosed in or as if in a box
    boxed in; boxed.
    • boxed cigars
    • a confining boxed-in space
    • felt boxed in by the traffic
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boxing day

  • noun first weekday after Christmas
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boxing equipment

  • noun equipment used in boxing
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boxing glove

  • noun boxing equipment consisting of big and padded coverings for the fists of the fighters; worn for the sport of boxing
    glove.
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boxing match

  • noun a match between boxers; usually held in a boxing ring
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boxing ring

  • noun a square ring where boxers fight
    prize ring.
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Brain boxcase

  • the bony on cartilaginous case inclosing the brain.
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california box elder

  • noun maple of the Pacific coast of the United States; fruits are white when mature
    Acer negundo Californicum.
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call box

  • noun booth for using a telephone
    phone booth; telephone kiosk; call box; telephone booth.
  • noun a numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for
    letter box; POB; call box; PO Box.
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Cartridge box

  • a case, usually of leather, attached to a belt or strap, for holding cartridges.
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cat box

  • noun a receptacle for cat excrement
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cereal box

  • noun a paper box in which breakfast cereals are sold
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Christmas box

  • noun a present given at Christmas for services during the year
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  • . (a) A box in which presents are deposited at Christmas. (b) A present or small gratuity given to young people and servants at Christmas; a Christmas gift.
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cigar box

  • noun a box for holding cigars
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cigar-box cedar

  • noun fragrant wood much used for cigar boxes
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Clack box

  • (Mach.), the box or chamber in which a clack valve works.
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coin box

  • noun the part of a slot machine that serves as a receptacle for the coins
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common box

  • noun large slow-growing evergreen shrub or small tree with multiple stems; extensively used for hedges or borders and topiary figures
    Buxus sempervirens; common box.
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Core box

  • (Founding), a box or mold, usually divisible, in which cores are molded.
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Coupling box

  • a coupling shaped like a journal box, for clamping together the ends of two shafts, so that they may revolve together.
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deposit box

  • noun a fireproof metal strongbox (usually in a bank) for storing valuables
    safe-deposit box; deposit box; safety-deposit; safe-deposit; lockbox.
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dialog box

  • noun (computer science) a small temporary window in a graphical user interface that appears in order to request information from the user; after the information has been provided the user dismisses the box with `okay' or `cancel'
    panel.
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dice box

  • noun a small container (open at one end) in which dice are shaken by hand and from which they are thrown
    dice cup.
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Dispatch box

  • noun case consisting of an oblong container (usually having a lock) for carrying dispatches or other valuables
    dispatch case.
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  • a box for carrying dispatches; a box for papers and other conveniences when traveling.
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ditty-box

Dit"ty-box` noun
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  1. A small box to hold a sailor's thread, needless, comb, etc.
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Draft box, Draft engine, Draft horse, Draft net, Draft ox, Draft tube

  • . Same as Draught box, Draught engine, etc. See under Draught.
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Draught box

  • . See Draught tube, below.
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Dredging box

  • . (a) Same as 2d Dredger. (b) (Gun.) A copper box with a perforated lid; used for sprinkling meal powder over shell fuses.
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Driving box

  • (Locomotive), the journal box of a driving axle. See Illust. of Locomotive.
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drudging box

Drudg"ing box`
Definitions
  1. See Dredging box.
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Equation box, ∨ Equational box

  • a system of differential gearing used in spinning machines for regulating the twist of the yarn. It resembles gearing used in equation clocks for showing apparent time.
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european box

  • noun large slow-growing evergreen shrub or small tree with multiple stems; extensively used for hedges or borders and topiary figures
    Buxus sempervirens; common box.
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Fairing box

  • a box receiving savings or small sums of money.
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Faking box

  • a box in which a long rope is faked; used in the life-saving service for a line attached to a shot.
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Fire box

  • the chamber of a furnace, steam boiler, etc., for the fire.
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Flour box

  • a tin box for scattering flour; a dredging box.
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Funnel box

  • (Mining), an apparatus for collecting finely crushed ore from water. Knight.
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gear box

  • noun the shell (metal casing) in which a train of gears is sealed
    gear case; gearbox.
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goggle box

  • noun an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screen
    goggle box; television; boob tube; tv; tv set; television receiver; telly; television set.
    • the British call a tv set a telly
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Heck box ∨ frame

  • that which carries the heck in warping.
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Horse box

  • a railroad car for transporting valuable horses, as hunters. Eng.
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Hunting box

  • . Same As Hunting lodge (below).
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Ice boxchest

  • a box for holding ice; a box in which things are kept cool by means of ice; a refrigerator.
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idiot box

  • noun an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screen
    goggle box; television; boob tube; tv; tv set; television receiver; telly; television set.
    • the British call a tv set a telly
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In a box

  • in a perplexity or an embarrassing position; in difficulty. (Colloq.)
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In the wrong box

  • out of one's place; out of one's element; awkwardly situated. (Colloq.) Ridley (1554)
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Jack-in-a-box

  • . (a) (Bot.) A tropical tree (Hernandia sonora), which bears a drupe that rattles when dry in the inflated calyx . (b) A child's toy, consisting of a box, out of which, when the lid is raised, a figure springs . (c) (Mech.) An epicyclic train of bevel gears for transmitting rotary motion to two parts in such a manner that their relative rotation may be variable; applied to driving the wheels of tricycles, road locomotives, and to cotton machinery, etc.; an equation box; a jack frame; called also compensating gearing . (d) A large wooden screw turning in a nut attached to the crosspiece of a rude press.
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jack-in-the-box

  • noun plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened
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journal box

  • noun metal housing for a journal bearing
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Journal box, ∨ Journal bearing

  • (Mach.) the carrier of a journal; the box in which the journal of a shaft, axle, or pin turns.
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jury box

  • noun an enclosure within a courtroom for the jury
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Letter box

  • noun a numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for
    letter box; POB; call box; PO Box.
  • noun public box for deposit of mail
    postbox; mailbox.
  • noun a private box for delivery of mail
    mailbox.
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  • a box for the reception of letters to be mailed or delivered.
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Limber box ∨ chest

  • (Mil.), a box on the limber for carrying ammunition.
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Live box

  • a cell for holding living objects under microscopical examination. P. H. Gosse.
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marmalade box

  • noun tree of the West Indies and northern South America bearing succulent edible orange-sized fruit
    genipap fruit; Genipa Americana; jagua.
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Match box

  • a box for holding matches.
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mite box

  • noun box for collecting alms, especially one in a church
    mite box; alms box.
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Miter box

  • noun hand tool for guiding handsaws in making crosscuts or miter joints
    miter box.
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  • (Carp. & Print.), an apparatus for guiding a handsaw at the proper angle in making a miter joint; esp., a wooden or metal trough with vertical kerfs in its upright sides, for guides.
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mitre box

  • noun hand tool for guiding handsaws in making crosscuts or miter joints
    miter box.
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money box

  • noun a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home
    coin bank; bank; savings bank.
    • the coin bank was empty
  • noun a strongbox for holding cash
    till; cashbox.
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mountain box

  • noun evergreen mat-forming shrub of North America and northern Eurasia having small white flowers and red berries; leaves turn red in autumn
    sand berry; creashak; common bearberry; wild cranberry; mealberry; bear's grape; sandberry; hog cranberry; Arctostaphylos uva-ursi; red bearberry.
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Music box

  • noun produces music by means of pins on a revolving cylinder that strike the tuned teeth of a comb-like metal plate
    music box.
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  • . See Musical box, under Musical.
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Musical, ∨ Music, box

  • a box or case containing apparatus moved by clockwork so as to play certain tunes automatically.
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musical box

  • noun produces music by means of pins on a revolving cylinder that strike the tuned teeth of a comb-like metal plate
    music box.
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Oil box, ∨ Oil cellar

  • (Mach.), a fixed box or reservoir, for lubricating a bearing; esp., the box for oil beneath the journal of a railway-car axle.
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Omnibus box

  • a large box in a theater, on a level with the stage and having communication with it. Eng.
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Opera box

  • a partially inclosed portion of the auditorium of an opera house for the use of a small private party.
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out-of-the-box thinking

  • noun thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity
    divergent thinking.
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outlet box

  • noun (electricity) receptacle consisting of the metal box designed for connections to a wiring system
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Packing box

  • noun a small chamber in which packing is compressed around a reciprocating shaft or piston to form a seal
    packing box.
  • noun a large crate in which goods are packed for shipment or storage
    packing case.
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  • a stuffing box. See under Stuffing.
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Paddle box

  • noun a wooden covering for the upper part of a paddlewheel
    paddle box.
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  • the structure inclosing the upper part of the paddle wheel of a steam vessel.
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paddle-box

  • noun a wooden covering for the upper part of a paddlewheel
    paddle box.
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pandora's box

  • noun (Greek mythology) a box that Zeus gave to Pandora with instructions that she not open it; she gave in to her curiosity and opened it; all the miseries and evils flew out to afflict mankind
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Pass box

  • (Mil.), a wooden or metallic box, used to carry cartridges from the service magazine to the piece.
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Pattern box, chain, ∨ cylinder

  • (Figure Weaving), devices, in a loom, for presenting several shuttles to the picker in the proper succession for forming the figure.
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penalty box

  • noun (ice hockey) an enclosed bench to the side of an ice-hockey rink for players who are serving time penalties
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pencil box

  • noun a box for holding pencils
    pencil case.
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pepper box

  • noun a shaker with a perforated top for sprinkling ground pepper
    pepper pot; pepper shaker.
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Pepper boxcaster

  • a small box or bottle, with a perforated lid, used for sprinkling ground pepper on food, etc.
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pillar box

  • noun a red pillar-shaped letter box
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play-box

  • noun a box for a child's toys and personal things (especially at a boarding school)
    playbox.
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po box

  • noun a numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for
    letter box; POB; call box; PO Box.
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po box no

  • noun the number of a letter box at the post office where mail is collected
    PO Box No; PO box number; box number.
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po box number

  • noun the number of a letter box at the post office where mail is collected
    PO Box No; PO box number; box number.
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poor box

  • noun box for collecting alms, especially one in a church
    mite box; alms box.
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post-office box

  • noun a numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for
    letter box; POB; call box; PO Box.
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post-office box number

  • noun the number of a letter box at the post office where mail is collected
    PO Box No; PO box number; box number.
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pouchet box

Pou"chet box`
Definitions
  1. See Pouncet box.
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Pounce box

  • a box for sprinkling pounce.
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pouncet box

Poun"cet box`
Etymology
Cf. F. poncette, fr. ponce pounce. See Pounce a powder.
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  1. A box with a perforated lid, for sprinkling pounce, or for holding perfumes. Shak.
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press box

  • noun box reserved for reporters (as at a sports event)
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professional boxing

  • noun boxing for money
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prompt box

  • noun a booth projecting above the floor in the front of a stage where the prompter sits; opens toward the performers on stage
    prompt box.
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prompter's box

  • noun a booth projecting above the floor in the front of a stage where the prompter sits; opens toward the performers on stage
    prompt box.
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Resistance box

  • (Elec.), a rheostat consisting of a box or case containing a number of resistance coils of standard values so arranged that they can be combined in various ways to afford more or less resistance.
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safe-deposit box

  • noun a fireproof metal strongbox (usually in a bank) for storing valuables
    safe-deposit box; deposit box; safety-deposit; safe-deposit; lockbox.
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safety deposit box

  • noun a fireproof metal strongbox (usually in a bank) for storing valuables
    safe-deposit box; deposit box; safety-deposit; safe-deposit; lockbox.
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Sand box

  • . (a) A box with a perforated top or cover, for sprinkling paper with sand . (b) A box carried on locomotives, from which sand runs on the rails in front of the driving wheel, to prevent slipping.
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Sand-box tree

  • (Bot.), a tropical American tree (Hura crepitans). Its fruit is a depressed many-celled woody capsule which, when completely dry, bursts with a loud report and scatters the seeds. See Illust. of Regma.
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Screw box

  • a device, resembling a die, for cutting the thread on a wooden screw.
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Sentry box

  • noun a small shelter with an open front to protect a sentry from the weather
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  • a small house or box to cover a sentinel at his post, and shelter him from the weather.
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shadow box

  • noun a shallow rectangular box with a transparent front used to protect and display small items (jewelry, coins, etc.)
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Shooting box

  • noun a small country house used by hunters during the shooting season
    shooting lodge.
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  • a small house in the country for use in the shooting season. Prof. Wilson.
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Show box

  • a box xontaining some object of curiosity carried round as a show.
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Shuttle box

  • (Weaving), a case at the end of a shuttle race, to receive the shuttle after it has passed the thread of the warp; also, one of a set of compartments containing shuttles with different colored threads, which are passed back and forth in a certain order, according to the pattern of the cloth woven.
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  • a box or inclosed seat on the side of a theater.
    To insure a side-box station at half price. Cowper.
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signal box

  • noun a building from which signals are sent to control the movements of railway trains
    signal tower.
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Slide box

  • (Steam Engine), a steam chest. See under Steam.
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Smoke box

  • a chamber in a boiler, where the smoke, etc., from the furnace is collected before going out at the chimney.
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Spring box

  • the box or barrel in a watch, or other piece of mechanism, in which the spring is contained.
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squawk box

  • noun the loudspeaker on an intercom or public address system
    squawker; intercom speaker.
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squeeze box

  • noun a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
    piano accordion; accordion.
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Stage box

  • a box close to the stage in a theater.
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Stuffing box

  • noun a small chamber in which packing is compressed around a reciprocating shaft or piston to form a seal
    packing box.
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  • a device for rendering a joint impervious where there is a hole through which a movable cylindrical body, as the paston rod of a steam engine, or the plunger of a pump, slides back and forth, or in which a shaft turns. It usually consists of a box or chamber, made by an enlargement of part of the hole, forming a space around the rod or shaft for containing packing which is compressed and made to fill the space closely by means of a sleeve, called the gland, which fits loosely around the rod, and is pressed upon the packing by bolts or other means.
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Sweat box

  • (Naut.), a small closet in which refractory men are confined.
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telephone box

  • noun booth for using a telephone
    phone booth; telephone kiosk; call box; telephone booth.
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Tinder box

  • a box in which tinder is kept.
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To box a tree

  • to make an incision or hole in a tree for the purpose of procuring the sap.
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To box off

  • to divide into tight compartments.
  • (Naut.), to turn the head of a vessel either way by bracing the headyards aback.
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To box the compass

  • (Naut.), to name the thirty-two points of the compass in their order.
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To box up

  • . (a) To put into a box in order to save; as, he had boxed up twelve score pounds. (b) To confine; as, to be boxed up in narrow quarters.
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Tobacco box

  • (Zoöl.), the common American skate.
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toe box

  • noun the forward tip of the upper of a shoe or boot that provides space and protection for the toes
    • the toe box may be rounded or pointed
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touch-box

Touch"-box` noun
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  1. A box containing lighted tinder, formerly carried by soldiers who used matchlocks, to kindle the match.
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toy box

  • noun chest for storage of toys
    toy chest.
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tuck box

  • noun a box for storing eatables (especially at boarding school)
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voice box

  • noun a cartilaginous structure at the top of the trachea; contains elastic vocal cords that are the source of the vocal tone in speech
    larynx.
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Wall box

  • . (Mach.) See Wall frame, below.
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Weather box

  • . Same as Weather house, below. Thackeray.
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western box turtle

  • noun primarily a prairie turtle of western United States and northern Mexico
    Terrapene ornata.
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Window box

  • noun a long narrow box for growing plants on a windowsill
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  • one of the hollows in the sides of a window frame for the weights which counterbalance a lifting sash. also called counterweight channel. (b) a box placed outside a window, on the windowsill, containing soil, in which flowers are grown or displayed as decoration.
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witness box

  • noun a box enclosure for a witness when testifying
    witness stand.
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