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outlet

[out-let, -lit] /ˈaʊt lɛt, -lɪt/
noun
1.
an opening or passage by which anything is let out; vent; exit.
2.
Electricity.
  1. a point on a wiring system at which current is taken to supply electric devices.
  2. Also called outlet box. the metal box or receptacle designed to facilitate connections to a wiring system.
3.
a means of expression or satisfaction:
an outlet for one's artistic impulses.
4.
a market for goods.
5.
a store, merchant, or agency selling the goods of a particular wholesaler or manufacturer.
6.
a local radio or television station that broadcasts the programs of a large network.
7.
a river or stream flowing from a body of water, as a lake or pond.
8.
the channel such a river or stream follows.
9.
the lower end or mouth of a river where it meets a large body of water, as a lake or the sea.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English utlete. See out, let1
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British Dictionary definitions for outlet box

outlet

/ˈaʊtlɛt; -lɪt/
noun
1.
an opening or vent permitting escape or release
2.
a means for release or expression of emotion, creative energy, etc
3.
  1. a market for a product or service
  2. a commercial establishment retailing the goods of a particular producer or wholesaler
4.
  1. a channel that drains a body of water
  2. the mouth of a river
5.
a point in a wiring system from which current can be taken to supply electrical devices
6.
(anatomy) the beginning or end of a passage, esp the lower opening of the pelvis (pelvic outlet)
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Word Origin and History for outlet box

outlet

n.

mid-13c., "a river mouth," from out + let (v.). Electrical wiring sense is attested from 1892. Meaning "a retail store" is attested from 1933. Figurative sense "means of relief or discharge" is from 1620s.

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