swell box

noun

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swell box was circa 1801

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“Swell box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swell%20box. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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