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music box

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then, as there came sudden splintering blows on the door, Lane espied Swann's cigarettes and matches on the music box.

  • What do you want to do with the fiddle—think it's a music box?

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • She swallowed, because she had not grown tired of the music box.

    Jewel's Story Book Clara Louise Burnham
  • "Aye, and a music box that fifty pouchful would not buy from me," insisted Raff.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • The red velvet cozy corner and the music box and so on disappeared immediately upon her first return visit.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • He strums the music box and smears good white paper full of crow-feet and pot-hooks.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • When she is a little stronger I am going to have a music box for her.

    For Woman's Love Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • It was a tiny yellow wooden bird that wound up with a key and sang three tunes for all the world like a music box.

  • But Mill might have said the same thing about the price of a music box, provided it was properly patented, anywhere at all.

British Dictionary definitions for music box

music box

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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