from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A music-making device consisting of a housing or box enclosing a sounding mechanism, especially one in which a row of tuned steel teeth are plucked by pins set in a revolving cylinder to produce a melody.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A box that generates or plays music, particularly one using mechanical means rather than electronic, generally using a cylinder or disk containing the music.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Musical box, under Musical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as musical box (which see, under musical).
- n. A barrel-organ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. produces music by means of pins on a revolving cylinder that strike the tuned teeth of a comb-like metal plate
Perhaps it was a music box or orchestrina from Germany, She ran to the banister to look down just in time to see her father walking away and the duchess looking at a boy.
"The music box of Kroog with the key of Rusko!" he said, laying the key in Kayla's dainty hand.
The sound of her voice outdoors, in the wake of the gasp-for-air silence that follows gunfire, and the music box with a synthesized dance beat melody—it was like hearing a beautiful, off-key hymn sung by a child in an empty church.