- a box or case containing an apparatus for producing music mechanically, as by means of a comblike steel plate with tuned teeth sounded by small pegs or pins in the surface of a revolving cylinder or disk.
Also especially British, musical box.
Origin of music box
First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for music box
“I made a story in my mind where the captain of the toy solders is in love with the music-box ballerina,” she says.Erin Fetherston's Fairytales
July 1, 2009
Gertie looked at Archy and then at the music-box, and Archy looked at the music-box and then at Gertie.
The music-box has registered Its phrases garbled and reviled. 'Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
What do you want to do with the fiddle—think it's a music-box?Other Main-Travelled Roads
It was a music-box, you know, and the Turkish lady played a tune while she smoked.O Pioneers!
He touched a button and a music-box in the dragon's head began to play a tune.The Lost Princess of Oz
L. Frank Baum
- a mechanical instrument that plays tunes by means of pins on a revolving cylinder striking the tuned teeth of a comblike metal plate, contained in a box
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