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shadow box

a shallow, rectangular frame fronted with a glass panel, used to show and at the same time protect items on display, as paintings, coins, or jewelry.
Also called shadow box frame.
Origin of shadow box
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The big stones formed a sort of shadow box, causing the markings to appear in bold relief.

    Tom Slade on Mystery Trail Percy Keese Fitzhugh

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