call box

noun

Definition of call box

1 British : a public telephone booth
2 : a telephone usually located on the side of a road for reporting emergencies (such as fires or automobile breakdowns)

Examples of call box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At light rail stations, fare vending machines, handrails and water fountains, call boxes, seats and armrests are also cleaned daily and disinfected, the agency stated. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Valley Metro to reduce Express and RAPID bus service starting Monday," 31 Mar. 2020 At light rail stations, fare vending machines, handrails and water fountains, call boxes, seats and armrests are also cleaned daily and disinfected, the agency stated. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Valley Metro to reduce Express and RAPID bus service starting Monday," 31 Mar. 2020 At light rail stations, fare vending machines, handrails and water fountains, call boxes, seats and armrests are also cleaned daily and disinfected, the agency stated. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Valley Metro to reduce Express and RAPID bus service starting Monday," 31 Mar. 2020 At light rail stations, fare vending machines, handrails and water fountains, call boxes, seats and armrests are also cleaned daily and disinfected, the agency stated. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Valley Metro ramps up cleaning of buses, light rail in wake of the new coronavirus," 5 Mar. 2020 Next to Molton’s bas-relief is a call box celebrating Alma Thomas (1891-1978), the Washington Color School artist. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Celebrating eight accomplished women in downtown D.C. call boxes," 29 Oct. 2019 Officials have been searching for the cougar since Saturday, using hounds, call boxes which emit the sound of a distressed animal and can attract a cougar, and traps and snares. Washington Post, "Wildlife officials kill cougar that had threatened jogger," 4 Sep. 2019 Emergency call boxes have sprouted in beach parking lots and the locals are learning how to pack shark-bite wounds. William Mckeever, BostonGlobe.com, "Summer on the Cape means shark panic. But what if we embraced these majestic fish, instead of pushing them away?," 3 July 2019 For now, the Cape’s six Atlantic-facing towns have focused on warning people about the risks and putting tools on the beach to respond to attacks, like trauma kits and 911 call boxes. Kate Taylor, New York Times, "‘Shark!’: Cape Cod Recoils in a Summer of Great White Sightings, Real and Imagined," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of call box

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2020

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“Call box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/call%20box. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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call box

noun

English Language Learners Definition of call box

US : a telephone that is located on the side of a road and that is used for reporting emergencies
British : a public telephone booth

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