pillbox

noun
pill·box | \ˈpil-ˌbäks \

Definition of pillbox 

1 : a box for pills especially : a shallow round box of pasteboard

2 : a small low concrete emplacement for machine guns and antitank weapons

3 : a small round hat without a brim specifically : a woman's shallow hat with a flat crown and straight sides

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Behind this maze of beach defenses were pillboxes; farther back, heavy artillery. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 Eugenie sported a light blue dress topped with a pillbox hat, while Brooksbank opted for dark suit with a light blue tie to match his fianceé. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Relationship," 2 July 2018 Another idea the group plans to incorporate: a smart pillbox that can reveal when someone is, or isn’t, taking their medicine. Shirley S. Wang, WSJ, "For Those With Dementia, Help From Technology," 28 May 2018 Made famous by the reality show Deadliest Catch, there are pillbox fortifications everywhere from when the military was going to make a stand against the Japanese invasion of North America. Mike Coppock, USA TODAY, "Aleutian run: Island-hopping on an Alaskan ferry," 17 Apr. 2018 After the engineers had cleared a path for the assault infantry to advance on the pillboxes, the first heavy equipment to come ashore was the bulldozers. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 The bespoke Gainsbourg dress, pillbox hat, and Valentino pumps drew plenty of Jackie O comparisons — and marked a departure from her memorable look at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie Totally Delivered in This Spring-Ready Floral Dress," 25 May 2018 During the Tudor period, between 1485 and 1603, fashions dictated that English and Welsh women adorn their heads with veils, coifs, pillbox hats, and curls. Aubrey Almanza, Allure, "The Bizarre History of Fascinators and Why People Wear Them to Royal Weddings," 18 May 2018 As the flag was being raised on Mount Suribachi, Williams was crawling through trenches with a 70-pound flamethrower taking out enemy pillboxes. Robert Steiner, BostonGlobe.com, "Bikers to ride in support of wounded veterans," 18 May 2018

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1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pillbox

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pillbox

: a small box for holding pills

: a small, low shelter for machine guns and other weapons

: a small, round hat without a brim

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