tool·​box ˈtül-ˌbäks How to pronounce toolbox (audio)
: a chest for tools

Examples of toolbox in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toolbox was in 1832

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“Toolbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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tool·​box ˈtül-ˌbäks How to pronounce toolbox (audio)
: a chest to store tools in

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