from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box for holding coal.
  • n. A buggy with high side-panels, cut down forward of the seat as low as possible and originally without a top.


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  • Clutching the woodwork of the galley for support, — and I confess the grease with which it was scummed put my teeth on edge, — I reached across a hot cooking-range to the offending utensil, unhooked it, and wedged it securely into the coal-box.

    Chapter 2

  • I put the shovel away and calmly sat down on the coal-box facing him.

    Chapter 9

  • No fire was laid, only a few scraps of torn paper and the bowl of a broken corn-cob pipe were visible behind the bars, and in the corner and rather thrust away was an angular japanned coal-box with a damaged hinge.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • As it was, Kilmanskeg slid under a table and Peter Piper sat down in the coal-box; but notwithstanding all this, they did not lose their tempers and when the nurse sat their house down on the floor with a bump, they all got up and began to laugh.


  • Nothing was wanting, not even a coal-box and water-pail.

    Household Tales

  • Mr. Mack saw the fire that reflected on coal-box and fender, and he had the notion of it grinning at the novelty and sharing the joke with its neighbors.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Mentally cursing her own foolishness, she felt in the darkness for a table, for a lamp ... and yes, a coal-box and tongs.

    Conan The Triumphant

  • But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • She led him straight to the coal-box, on which she sat until he had filled a hod with coal.

    Friends and Helpers

  • I shall hurl it into the coal-box in the morning ....

    A Sheaf of Corn


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