swell box


Definition of swell box

: a chamber in an organ containing a set of pipes and having shutters that open or shut to regulate the volume of tone

Examples of swell box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Noack is somewhat larger than the Schlicker, with three manuals to its two and a swell box. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of swell box

circa 1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Swell box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swell%20box. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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