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signal box

noun, British
a railway signal tower.
Origin of signal box
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The ruined building is the signal box itself, protected by the line of sandbags in front of telegraph poles and shelled trees.

  • He pulled out his watch and then, leaning over to the wall, he snapped over something like the stunted lever of a signal box.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The signal box up yonder in the breast of the storm was almost carried away.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • At the corner stood James Cannon's signal box, by the side of a white bridge.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • A wire is seen at the upper part of the signal box, running out to the right.

    The Invention of the Track Circuit American Railway Association
  • The engraving accompanying this chapter shows the appearance and mechanism of the signal box.

  • There was a signal box at each end of the tunnel, and a fair traffic, and fast trains passed.

  • The Canon went in search of the station master and found him at last digging potatoes in a plot of ground beyond the signal box.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for signal box

signal box

a building containing manually operated signal levers for all the railway lines in its section
a control point for a large area of a railway system, operated electrically and semiautomatically
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