music box

music box


: a box that contains a device which plays a tune when the box is open

Full Definition of MUSIC BOX

:  a container enclosing an apparatus that reproduces music mechanically when activated by a clockwork

First Known Use of MUSIC BOX


music box

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

German music box, with disk in playing position, from Leipzig, c. 1900—Courtesy of the Musical Wonder House, Wiscasset, Maine; photograph, John Spinks

Mechanical musical instrument in which projecting pins on a revolving brass cylinder or disk, encoding a piece of music, pluck tuned steel tongues. It was probably invented c. 1780 in Switzerland. With its modular cylinders or disks, it was a popular domestic instrument until displaced by the player piano and phonograph.


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