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junction box

noun, Electricity.
1.
an enclosure that houses electric wires or cables that are joined together and protects the connections.
Origin of junction box
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
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Examples from the Web for junction box
Historical Examples
  • She traced the launching circuits to a junction box and opened the lid.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • If a tall lad tapped in on the junction box early in the night his footprints will be frozen close to the ground.

    Whispering Wires

    Henry Leverage
  • Such a junction box, with the through cable and the tap cable in place, is illustrated in Fig. 450.

  • A junction box is placed in a known locality with telephone or telegraph cables leading therefrom to the shore.

British Dictionary definitions for junction box

junction box

noun
1.
an earthed enclosure within which wires or cables can be safely connected
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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junction box in Science
junction box
  (jŭngk'shən)   
An enclosure within which electric circuits, such as the electrical wiring for different sections of a building, are connected to other circuits, such as outside power sources. Junction boxes are very common in telecommunications circuitry and are used to protect the connections and provide easy access to them.
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