Pillar-box

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pillar-box a short pillar in a street with receptacle for letters to be sent by post
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. piler (Fr. pilier)—Low L. pilare—L. pīla, a pillar.

Usage

In literature:

And, of course, letters lying in pillar-boxes have all kinds of things to say to each other.
"A Boswell of Baghdad" by E. V. Lucas
These are tall red pillar-boxes curiously like giant letter-boxes!
"Denmark" by M. Pearson Thomson
I brought up by one of the tubbed box-trees and peered in at the Pillar House with a new wonder.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
To post the letter was the work of a minute or two, for there was a pillar-box a little way down the road.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
Talking to an officer on point duty at a corner, distinguished by the presence of a pillar-box, was P.C.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
I'd starve before I'd ask permission to go to the pillar-box, and spend my nights in that old kitchen by myself.
"The Privet Hedge" by J. E. Buckrose
It was by sheer luck I slipped it into the pillar-box at Whitecliffe.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
The red pillar-box was the immovable post against which the irresistible force of Capitalist individualism was arrested.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
The others had all posted their letters in the pillar-box just outside our gate.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
He held a position in the Post Office, and was, in fact, emptying a pillar-box when I met him.
"Marge Askinforit" by Barry Pain
The postwoman was coming back from collecting letters at a pillar-box in a neighbouring village.
"A Fortunate Term" by Angela Brazil
His lips opened literally, making his mouth like the slit of a pillar-box.
"Reminiscences Of Charles Bradlaugh" by G. W. Foote
I am like a pillar-box walking about, waiting for the postman to come and collect things.
"Leaves in the Wind" by A. G. Gardiner
On turning away from the pillar-box he came face to face with Denzil.
"Grit Lawless" by F.E. Mills Young
As he slipped his envelope into the mouth of the red pillar-box they shone vividly in his mind.
"The Wolves of God" by Algernon Blackwood
Number of postoffices, 1884, 15,951; and, in addition, 15,749 road and pillar boxes.
"Alden's Handy Atlas of the World" by John B. Alden
I regretted its despatch even as I heard it fall to the bottom of the pillar-box.
"The Four Corners of the World" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
Even the arches and the rounds and the pillars and the pill-boxes cannot satisfy your desire for curves.
"Wings and the Child" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
Miss Butt was unwilling to put it in the pillar-box for fear your aunt should look at it.
"Rich Relatives" by Compton Mackenzie
The letter was finished, and Guy went out to drop it in the pillar-box.
"Guy and Pauline" by Compton Mackenzie
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In poetry:

The pillar box is fat and red,
The pillar box is high;
It has the flattest sort of head
And not a nose or eye,
But just one open nigger mouth
That grins when I go by.
"The Pillar Box" by Katherine Mansfield
The pillar box is quite a friend;
When Father goes away
My Mother has such lots to send,
Far letters every day,
And so I drop them in its mouth
When I go out to play.
"The Pillar Box" by Katherine Mansfield
The pillar box is very round
But hungry all the day;
Although it doesn't make a sound,
Folks know it wants to say,
"Give me some letter sandwiches
To pass the time away."
"The Pillar Box" by Katherine Mansfield

In science:

The pillar top and root are marked by dashed boxes as tracked by an auto-correlation image processing software.
Dose and energy dependence of mechanical properties of focused electron beam induced pillar deposits from Cu(C5HF6O2)2
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