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 But an alternative is to find a place to turn around, then park next to a call box while driving east to Sonoma. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The story of the Windows XP 'Bliss' desktop theme—and what it looks like today," 26 Feb. 2021 Several calls for help were made around 9:30 a.m. from an emergency call box at a now unused Department of Transportation maintenance station. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "1 dead, 3 injured in Seward Highway collision between trucks on the Kenai Peninsula," 9 Dec. 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 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

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First Known Use of call box

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Mar 2021

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“Call box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/call%20box. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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