window box

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  1. a box for growing plants, placed at or in a window.

  2. a hollow space in a window frame for a sash weight.

Origin of window box

First recorded in 1880–85

Words Nearby window box Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use window box in a sentence

  • They’re a favorite of cool-weather gardeners, and you’ll often find them in public parks, window boxes, and decorative planters—although those aren’t the best places to browse for a snack.

  • Here, two sixtyish men bashing in an ornamental wooden window box, one using a flagpole.

  • I invest in the plants that are told me to be best adapted to window-box culture.

    Amateur Gardencraft | Eben E. Rexford
  • Patsy stamped slowly up the two flights, and rummaged in a very mussy window-box for a silk waist.

    Smith College Stories | Josephine Dodge Daskam
  • Upon finishing the note an impulse to accompany it with a small nosegay culled from my window box came upon me.

    Fibble, D. D. | Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • A window-box of narcissus in full bloom breathed a perfume, as deadening as the juice of poppies, on the air.

  • It was the window-box of a factory lad in one of the great northern manufacturing towns.

    Wood and Garden | Gertrude Jekyll

British Dictionary definitions for window box

window box

  1. a long narrow box, placed on or outside a windowsill, in which plants are grown

  2. either of a pair of vertical boxes, attached to the sides of a sash window frame, that enclose a sash cord and counterbalancing weight

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