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letterbox

[let-er-boks] /ˈlɛt ərˌbɒks/
noun
1.
Also, letter box. Chiefly British. a public or private mailbox.
2.
a technique for displaying a wide-screen film on a regular-format television screen by reducing its size but retaining the aspect ratio, with black bands filling the screen above and below the picture.
Compare pan and scan.
Origin of letterbox
1765-1775
1765-75
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Examples from the Web for letter box
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  • When June, weary and sleepy from travel and excitement, arrived at her home, she found a telephone number in her letter box.

    The Crystal Ball Roy J. Snell
  • Rosemary peered into the letter box and saw that The Household Guardian was there.

  • This messenger rifles it, reseals it, and deposits it in the letter box.

  • The clerk directed Tim to deposit the document in the letter box.

  • Shes gone out, said the young man, looking up the number of her room and examining her letter box with official deliberation.

  • I discovered this by the dates on a lot of circulars in the letter box.

    The Exploits of Juve Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
  • I was to put the missive in a letter box if I were accepted.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • And now I must go to my letter box, she told Cap, the faithful.

  • I have established a letter box for their communications at the Hole in the Tree.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • As he drew near to the letter box he felt that till now he had been a composer.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for letter box

letter box

noun (mainly Brit)
1.
  1. a slot, usually covered with a hinged flap, through which letters, etc, are delivered to a building
  2. a private box into which letters, etc, are delivered
2.
Also called postbox. a public box into which letters, etc, are put for collection and delivery
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Slang definitions & phrases for letter box

letterbox

verb

To show a wide-screen movie on the television screen by reducing its size and putting black bars above and below: Today we'll see a wide-format, letterboxed edition, which is rarely telecast/ ''letterboxing,'' which retains theatrical images on a rectangular shape (1990s+ Television)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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