Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small box containing a set of the materials used in Chinese or Japanese writing. See writing-set, 2.

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Examples

  • [While talking, she opens all the letters on the table, rummages the portfolio and writing-box, looks at cards on mantelpiece, work in work-basket, tries tea-box, and shows the greatest activity and curiosity.]

    The Wolves and the Lamb

  • A red blanket was laid in the middle of the floor, with a lacquer writing-box upon it.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • Highland claymores, clustered round a target over the Canterbury people, nor a writing-box of carved wood, lined with crimson velvet, and furnished with silver plate of right venerable aspect, which looked as if it might have been the implement of old Chaucer himself, but which from the arms on the lid must have belonged to some Indian prince of the days of Leo the Magnificent at the furthest.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 339, November 8, 1828

  • [Page 73] and I seize the chance to run away to the writing-box, hiding my face –

    Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

  • She took interest in my strange passion and willingly sent me some excellent manuscripts in the lid of a writing-box, 2 saying that these copies had been given her by the Princess.

    Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

  • "So prompt!" said he, smiling, and ordered a writing-box to be brought [for himself].

    Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

  • Ground-pine [Lycopodium] was made into a wreath and put into a box-cover [probably of a writing-box, in those days large and elegantly lacquered].

    Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

  • Having examined these papers, and pondered over this one and the other, in that bitterest of all helpless woe, with which miserable men think of happy past times—George’s father took the whole of the documents out of the drawer in which he had kept them so long, and locked them into a writing-box, which he tied, and sealed with his seal.

    XXIV. In Which Mr. Osborne Takes down the Family Bible

  • No part of my property could have been such a prize before, for in my writing-box was all my worldly wealth, seven pounds ....

    Jane Austen: Her Homes and Her Friends

  • It was punctually required that his writing-box should be set upon his bed before he rose; and Lord Oxford's domestic related that, in the dreadful winter of Forty, she was called from her bed by him four times in one night, to supply him with paper, lest he should lose a thought.

    Lives of the English Poets: Prior, Congreve, Blackmore, Pope

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