from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An electronic tuning device, often including a descrambler, that allows channels transmitted by cable to be selected for viewing on a television.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. set top box connecting a house to its cable service.
  • n. A device given out by some cable television services that allows the user to have more channels on their television than they would have without the cable box.
  • n. A descrambler used to descramble scrambled television channels on cable TV


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