Musical box
Musical Mu"sic*al, a. [Cf. F. musical.] Of or pertaining to music; having the qualities of music; or the power of producing music; devoted to music; melodious; harmonious; as, musical proportion; a musical voice; musical instruments; a musical sentence; musical persons. [1913 Webster]

{Musical box}, or {Music box}, a box or case containing apparatus moved by clockwork so as to play certain tunes automatically. The apparatus may be driven by a wind-up spring mechanism or by batteries.

{Musical fish} (Zo["o]l.), any fish which utters sounds under water, as the drumfish, grunt, gizzard shad, etc.

{Musical glasses}, glass goblets or bowls so tuned and arranged that when struck, or rubbed, they produce musical notes. Cf. {Harmonica}, 1. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Musical box — A musical box (UK usage; music box in US English) is a 19th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc so as to strike the tuned teeth of a steel comb. They were… …   Wikipedia

  • musical box — noun produces music by means of pins on a revolving cylinder that strike the tuned teeth of a comb like metal plate • Syn: ↑music box • Hypernyms: ↑musical instrument, ↑instrument * * * noun chiefly Britain : music box * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • musical box — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms musical box : singular musical box plural musical boxes a small box that plays a tune when you lift its lid …   English dictionary

  • musical box — noun (C) especially BrE a box that plays a musical tune when you open it …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • musical box — /ˈmjuzɪkəl bɒks/ (say myoohzikuhl boks) noun a box or case containing an apparatus for producing music mechanically, as by means of a comb like steel plate with tuned teeth sounded by small pegs or pins in the surface of a revolving cylinder or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • musical box — noun Date: 1829 chiefly British music box …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • musical box — Chiefly Brit. See music box. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • musical box — noun Brit. a small box which plays a tune when the lid is opened …   English new terms dictionary

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