from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A box to hold a small quantity of foundry-sand for molders' use, placed near the flask or the molding-machine. In use the sand box is often above the molding-machine, so that the sand may be delivered by gravity as required.
  • noun In a street-car, a box or other receptacle for holding sand used in sprinkling the rails to obtain a better adhesion for the wheels. It is usually fitted with a delivery-pipe and valve controlled by the motorman.
  • noun A box with a perforated top or cover for sprinkling paper with sand.
  • noun A box filled with sand, usually placed, in American locomotives, on top of the boiler and in front of the driving-wheel, with a pipe to guide the sand to the rail when the wheels slip owing to frost, wet, etc. See cut under passenger-engine.
  • noun A tree, Hura crepitans.


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  • A term for a trees, trains and trolley cars. And I thought it was all about little kids and their play.

    December 2, 2010

  • See sandbox.

    April 20, 2017