black box


noun

any unit that forms part of an electronic circuit and that has its function, but not its components, specified.
any comparatively small, usually black, box containing a secret, mysterious, or complex mechanical or electronic device.
Aeronautics. an electronic device, such as a flight recorder, that can be removed from an aircraft as a single package.
Automotive. a device in an electronic ignition system that generates electrical pulses.

Origin of black box

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for black box

black box

noun

a self-contained unit in an electronic or computer system whose circuitry need not be known to understand its function
an informal name for flight recorder
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Culture definitions for black box

black box

A crash-resistant steel container that holds instruments that record performance data in airplanes. The data are used to analyze the causes of accidents.

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