- an insulated cabinet or chest with a partition for ice, used for preserving or cooling food, beverages, etc.
- Older Use. an electric or gas refrigerator.
- Nautical. an enclosed area in the bottom of a vessel through which sea water can be pumped up for use in the condenser in icy waters.
- Slang. an isolation cell in a prison.
Origin of icebox
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Examples from the Web for icebox
He told Thea there were a few roses left in the icebox and he would get one.Song of the Lark
I have half a cold chicken in the icebox and a bottle of beer.A Top-Floor Idyl
George van Schaick
Said 'he was as cool as an icebox during the whole engagement.'Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson
You see, even this icebox seems like a friend after my experience in the States.The Alaskan
James Oliver Curwood
The teachers got icebox, stove, and piano from a second-hand store.Across the Fruited Plain
Florence Crannell Means
- a compartment in a refrigerator for storing or making ice
- an insulated cabinet packed with ice for storing food
- US and Canadian a refrigerator
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Word Origin and History for icebox
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