from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hollow smoothing iron containing a heater within.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A smoothing-iron containing an inclosed space for live coals to keep it hot.


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  • Thinking of her future absence, mother turned away and cried; and the box-iron singed the blanket.

    Lorna Doone

  • If it wasn't for the look of the thing, one might as well shove one's foot into a box-iron.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, July 24, 1841

  • Margaret returned to the parlor, and from the kitchen Jean could hear the heater tilted backward and forward in the box-iron -- a pleasant, homely sound when there is happiness in the house.

    The Little Minister

  • [605] What the great TWALMLEY was so proud of having invented, was neither more nor less than a kind of box-iron for smoothing linen.

    Life Of Johnson

  • When the dame returned, she resumed her box-iron, in which the heater went rattling about, as, standing on one leg -- the other was so much shorter -- she moved it to and fro over the garment on the table.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood

  • When it has absorbed the steam, and while wet, iron it with a box-iron.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework

  • It was starched, hung over the back of a chair in the sunshine, and was then laid on the ironing-blanket; then came the warm box-iron.

    Andersen's Fairy Tales

  • "Rag!" said the box-iron; and went proudly over the collar: for she fancied she was a steam-engine, that would go on the railroad and draw the waggons.

    Andersen's Fairy Tales

  • (Oxford English Dictionary) [19.4] A box-iron is "a smoothing iron with a cavity to contain a heater."

    Inventory of Robert Carter's Estate, November [1733]

  • [46.3] A box iron was so named because of its shape, and because heaters (a piece of iron, which is made hot and placed in a cavity in a box-iron, smoothing-iron, tea-urn, etc.) could be placed in it.

    Inventory of Robert Carter's Estate, November [1733]


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