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firebox

[ fahyuhr-boks ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌbɒks /
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noun

the box or chamber containing the fire of a steam boiler, furnace, etc.
the furnace of a locomotive, where coal, oil, or other fuel is burned to generate steam.
a box or panel with a device for notifying the fire station of an outbreak of fire.
Obsolete. a tinderbox.

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Origin of firebox

First recorded in 1545–55; fire + box1
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British Dictionary definitions for firebox

firebox
/ (ˈfaɪəˌbɒks) /

noun

the furnace chamber of a boiler in a steam locomotive
an obsolete word for tinderbox
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