outlet box

outlet

[out-let, -lit]
noun
1.
an opening or passage by which anything is let out; vent; exit.
2.
Electricity.
a.
a point on a wiring system at which current is taken to supply electric devices.
b.
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:
1200–50; Middle English utlete. See out, let1

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outlet (ˈaʊtlɛt, -lɪt)
 
n
1.  an opening or vent permitting escape or release
2.  a means for release or expression of emotion, creative energy, etc
3.  a.  a market for a product or service
 b.  a commercial establishment retailing the goods of a particular producer or wholesaler
4.  a.  a channel that drains a body of water
 b.  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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outlet
mid-13c., originally "a river mouth," from out + let (v.). Electrical wiring sense is attested from 1892. Meaning "a retail store" is attested from 1933.
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