music box


Definition of music box

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

Examples of music box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a scene where Jimmy Page is sitting there with a music box. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2022 Over the tinkling of music box chimes, the singer wordlessly locks eyes with her partner, Alev Aydin, who also serves as the video’s director as well as inspiration for the song. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 7 June 2022 This beautifully detailed music box encompasses the most universal aspects of the song. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 3 June 2022 And, like creating one of the most complicated watches, building the combs for the music box is no easy feat. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 4 May 2022 In fact, the fan regulators in the music box work similarly to those in a minute repeater. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Jim Steinman originally wrote it for Neverland — his Peter Pan rock musical that Bat Out of Hell stems from — wanting the melody to sound like a music box. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 21 Jan. 2022 Around 2000, Lentz began dreaming of a music box amid a copper landscape, a place where his music could live alongside its muse. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 The sound of a broken music box to my ears could be a crashing piano to someone else. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of music box

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of music box was in 1827

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12 Aug 2022

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“Music box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of music box

: a box that contains a mechanical device which uses gears like those of a clock to play a tune when the box is open

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