from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a figure-weaving loom, a box for holding a number of shuttles, each carrying its own color, and so arranged that any one of the shuttles can be brought into action as required by the pattern.


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  • That had been hours ago, though, and the lost and found drop-box wouldn't be open until Tuesday ... provided someone didn't just run off with it.

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  • I'm currently working on my second story, which doesn't have a title, but involves a character named Susan and a library drop-box.

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  • Just tried out SpiderOak and dropbox on Jaunty and prefer the former since you can set pre-existing folders to be synced, rather than having to drop things into a created drop-box folder.

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  • Willy Ley wrote an article in his book "Another Look at Atlantis" in which a preserved pangolin was put on display at a university, perhaps in the zoology department, with a sign saying, What is this? and with a drop-box wherein people could put in their answers.

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  • The Waste Management people arrived early this morning bearing the drop-box.

    Cleaning Frenzy in Progress

  • After he was gone, I absent-mindedly mailed my own eye glasses in that same drop-box, and then yelled bloody murder, till the postman came along and opened the box for me.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • So, the bench and its dead-drop would be checked out regularly, and in that surveillance van would be a key custom-made to fit the lock on the drop-box, and a photocopier to make a duplicate of the message inside.

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  • They had a pile of cargo pads stolen from a moving van for bedding, all spread neatly on top of it, plus the blankets and sheets Laura had taken out of the Goodwill drop-box, all different sizes, none matching.


  • "We're relieved it's resolved; it's been going on for a while," Ann Costello, reference librarian at Ada County Community Library, said of a caper that began in 2009 when library books in a drive-up drop-box were smothered with substances like corn syrup.

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  • Officers on June 13 took Cassidy into custody after she placed an open jar of mayonnaise in the drop-box, according to a police report. Top headlines


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