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

  • n. A small shelter for a posted sentry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small house or box to cover a sentinel at his post, and shelter him from the weather.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of box or booth intended to give shelter to a sentinel in bad weather.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small shelter with an open front to protect a sentry from the weather


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  • I was all the time faithfully steering by the sign of the tobacco shop, and the shop with the jumping-jack in the window, and the garden with the iron fence, and the sentry box opposite a drug store, and all the rest of my landmarks, as carefully entered on my mental chart the day before.

    The Promised Land

  • Just ahead to the south on the other side of Ann Street, I noticed that everyone passing glanced into what looked like a seven-foot-high, extremely narrow sentry box with a gabled roof.

    Time and Again


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