fire·​box | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbäks How to pronounce firebox (audio) \

Definition of firebox

1 : a chamber (as of a furnace or steam boiler) that contains a fire
2 : a box containing an apparatus for transmitting an alarm to a fire station

Examples of firebox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To the left is a 210-square-foot living room that has shelving and a fireplace with a carved-wood mantel and a red-brick firebox. John Ellement, Real Estate, "Home of the Week: For under $450,000, a former parsonage in Wrentham," 25 Sep. 2019 Heat is supplied by split logs burning in a separate firebox connected to a cooking chamber. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "Master the Art of Barbecue with One of These Six Awesome Smokers," 30 Aug. 2019 The fireplace in the living room was crumbling, to that got a refresh with marble subway tile and a new gas firebox. Richard A. Marini,, "110-year-old South Side San Antonio home getting a complete renovation," 19 Aug. 2019 Its eight separate animatronic tableaux include a railroad engine, the conductor warming muffins on the firebox; a farmer strumming a harp for his cows; and a beach where a man in Victorian bathing costume dives into the sea. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Air and Space Museum used to feature flying machines of the strangest sort," 27 July 2019 Put another bucket underneath the firebox where the grease tray sits to collect debris. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your BBQ Grill," 14 May 2019 The stove required a firebox to remain fired up all the time. WSJ, "Skier Picabo Street Used Anger to Banish Fear and Become an Olympic Champion," 30 Oct. 2018 When the embers glow red, dump them into the firebox. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Cooking Over Wood: A Guide to the Grills," 29 June 2018 The firebox is raised to table height and covered with copper doors. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "West Village Arts and Crafts mansion 'is just spectacular'," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of firebox

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Dec 2019

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“Firebox.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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