Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A box, usually of wood, filled with sand, sawdust, or the like, to receive discharges of spittle, tobacco-juice, etc.; a spittoon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A vessel to receive spittle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A vessel to receive spittle; a spittoon.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

spit +‎ box

Examples

  • Amid a considerable clapping of hands and a scattering fire at the square sawdust-spitbox near the stove, Jack found his seat, while Jim remarked:

    With Sabre and Scalpel. The Autobiography of a Soldier and Surgeon

  • By the regulations of the ship, the forecastle was cleaned out every morning, and the crew, being very neat, kept it clean by some regulations of their own, such as having a large spitbox always under the steps and between the bits, and obliging every man to hang up his wet clothes, etc.

    Chapter XXII. Life on Shore-The Alert

  • He had never lacked company -- the office stove and the spitbox filled with sawdust was the admitted rendezvous of the chosen spirits who were still gazing after him from the window.

    The Miracle Man

  • Collins despised 'Patchie Sanchez, whom he had known five years, and described as a "durrty cross betune a skunk and a spitbox," a greaser Indian who would knife his best friend.

    Tonio, Son of the Sierras A Story of the Apache War

  • By the regulations of the ship, the forecastle was cleaned out every morning, and the crew, being very neat, kept it clean by some regulations of their own, such as having a large spitbox always under the steps and between the bits, and obliging every man to hang up his wet clothes, etc.

    Two years before the mast, and twenty-four years after: a personal narrative

  • By the regulations of the ship, the forecastle was cleaned out every morning, and the crew, being very neat, kept it clean by some regulations of their own, such as having a large spitbox always under the steps and between the bits, and obliging every man to hang up his wet clothes, etc.

    Two Years Before the Mast

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