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signal box

noun, British.
1.
a railway signal tower.
Origin of signal box
1820-1830
1820-30
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  • Without another word she stalked resolutely along the platform in the direction of the signal-box.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • It is about a mile long, and the signal-box is on the Felwyn side.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • From this signal-box the signal shown in Fig. 371 can be worked in a very simple manner.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • "Come, Phil," and marched out of the signal-box with flaming cheeks.

  • They proceeded to the station—found the station-master—were conducted down to the signal-box.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • The roof of the porch is cut from cardboard, with flanges to be glued to the end of the signal-box.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • That a verdict of "Manslaughter" would be given against the occupant of the signal-box.

  • If the signal-post is set up some distance away from the signal-box, it may be found necessary to add another weight.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • The man who had rung the signal-box yelled something at him, but he already knew.

  • The pointsman aloft in the signal-box made the motions of drawing, with some difficulty, hogsheads of beer.

British Dictionary definitions for signal-box

signal box

noun
1.
a building containing manually operated signal levers for all the railway lines in its section
2.
a control point for a large area of a railway system, operated electrically and semiautomatically
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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