Jack-in-a-box
Jack-in-a-box Jack-in-a-box 1. (Bot.) A tropical tree ({Hernandia sonora}), which bears a drupe that rattles when dry in the inflated calyx. [1913 Webster]

2. A child's toy, consisting of a box, out of which, when the lid is raised, a figure (usually a clown) springs; also called {jack-in-the-box}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mech.) An epicyclic train of bevel gears for transmitting rotary motion to two parts in such a manner that their relative rotation may be variable; applied to driving the wheels of tricycles, road locomotives, and to cotton machinery, etc.; an equation box; a jack frame; -- called also {compensating gearing}. [1913 Webster]

4. A large wooden screw turning in a nut attached to the crosspiece of a rude press. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • jack-in-a-box — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun (plural jacks in a box) 1. : a tropical East Indian tree (Hernandia sonora) which bears a drupe that rattles in the inflated calyx when dry 2. Britain : cuckoopint …   Useful english dictionary

  • jack-in-the-box — Jack in a box Jack in a box 1. (Bot.) A tropical tree ({Hernandia sonora}), which bears a drupe that rattles when dry in the inflated calyx. [1913 Webster] 2. A child s toy, consisting of a box, out of which, when the lid is raised, a figure… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jack-in-the-box — [jak′in thə bäks΄] n. pl. jack in the boxes a toy consisting of a box from which a little figure on a spring jumps up when the lid is lifted: also jack in a box …   English World dictionary

  • jack-in-the-box — jack′ in the box or jack′ in a box n. pl. box•es a toy consisting of a box from which an enclosed figure springs up when the lid is opened • Etymology: 1545–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • jack-in-the-box — /jak in dheuh boks /, n., pl. jack in the boxes. a toy consisting of a box from which an enclosed figure springs up when the lid is opened. Also, jack in a box. [1545 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • jack-in-the-box — /ˈdʒæk ɪn ðə bɒks / (say jak in dhuh boks) noun 1. a toy consisting of a figure, enclosed in a box, which springs out when the lid is unfastened. 2. a seashore tree, Hernandia peltata, widely spread from Asia to northern Australia and the western …   Australian English dictionary

  • Jack-in-the-box — A jack in the box is a children s toy that outwardly consists of a box with a crank. When the crank is turned, it plays out a melody the Mattel version played Pop Goes the Weasel . At the end of the tune, the lid pops open and a figure of some… …   Wikipedia

  • Jack in the Box — Fundación 1951 Fundador(es) Robert O. Peterson …   Wikipedia Español

  • Jack In The Box — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Jack et Box. Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Jack in the box est le nom en anglais d un jouet appelé en français diable en boîte. Le terme peut faire… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jack in the box — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Jack et Box. Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Jack in the box est le nom en anglais d un jouet appelé en français diable en boîte. Le terme peut faire… …   Wikipédia en Français

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