signal box


noun British.

a railway signal tower.

Origin of signal box

First recorded in 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for signal box

Historical Examples of signal box

  • And you and Inspector Henderson are going to spend the night in the signal-box?

  • It is about a mile long, and the signal-box is on the Felwyn side.

  • Outside, Phillip threatened me with the guard's signal-box key.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • "Come, Phil," and marched out of the signal-box with flaming cheeks.

  • The name of the station, signals, and a signal-box (a half-opened match-box standing on end) can be added.

    Toy-Making in School and Home

    Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne

British Dictionary definitions for signal box

signal box


a building containing manually operated signal levers for all the railway lines in its section
a control point for a large area of a railway system, operated electrically and semiautomatically
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