Touch-box

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Touch-box tŭch"bŏks` A box containing lighted tinder, formerly carried by soldiers who used matchlocks, to kindle the match.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n touch-box A primer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Touch-box a box containing tinder, which used to be carried by soldiers armed with matchlocks
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. toucher—from Old High Ger. zucchen (Ger. zucken), to move, to draw.

Usage

In literature:

Of course there was all the money in the red box, but she did not dream of touching that.
"A Missionary Twig" by Emma L. Burnett
The sluice-boxes upon which Bruce was putting the finishing touches were his particular pride.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Travis touched the edge of that box gingerly, half expecting it to crumble into nothingness.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
Her fingers had touched a scarlet hood in a cardboard box, but "not that" she thought, and left it.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
She touched the box, to please him.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
She won't let any one touch her box.
"Clematis" by Bertha B. Cobb
It was Uncle Israel's spade that first touched the box, and, with a cry of delight, he stooped for it, as did everybody else.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
Then Rathburn coolly lit a match and touched it to the fuse sticking out from the box of dynamite.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
Kalliope stretched her foot out, touched the box, pushed it gently towards the Queen.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
It was certain death for any man not a priest to touch that box.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
By Jove, didn't I touch up that scoundrel in the witness-box, though!
"The Queen Against Owen" by Allen Upward
Some one had taken the vial out before my hand had ever touched the box.
"Room Number 3" by Anna Katharine Green
Jo's pistol was in the tent on a box, but his hand, as he dropped, touched a stone.
"The Frontier Boys in the Sierras" by Wyn Roosevelt
Sieur Clubin put the revolver under one arm, and touched the spring of the tobacco-box.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
A touching box is on the touching so helping held.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
Touching off the papers with a match, he smashed an empty box and put it in.
"Bransford of Rainbow Range" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
The only attention given the box was to keep the water high enough in the tub to touch the bottom of the cheese-box.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
Pour rum or brandy onto the dish and also into the paper box on top; place it on the table and touch it with a lighted taper.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
After it a box of good cigars was circulated, which added the final touch to my felicity.
"In Search of a Siberian Klondike" by Homer B. Hulbert
Do you suppose that I would touch that filthy box?
"The Flower Girl of The Château d'Eau, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XV)" by Charles Paul de Kock
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In poetry:

Each book is a magic box
Which with a touch a child unlocks.
In between their outside covers
Books hold all things for their lovers.
"Books" by Eleanor Farjeon
Giving as God gives, counting not the cost
Of broken box or spilled and fragrant oil,
I know that, spite of your strong carelessness,
Rest must be sweeter, worthier must be toil,
Touched with such mute, invisible caress.
"Till The Day Dawn" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

But it wasn't in the boxing ring - it was in the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studio as he performed the ballad "Sometimes When We Touch.
JP Morgan Plaza Evacuated after Worker Finds Box Labeled "Bomb Do Not Touch".
Boxes and trucks have taken over the new Montgomery County Courthouse as workers put the finishing touches on the facility.
Crystal 's regional marketing blitz includes a touch borrowed from Wheaties, the cereal brand that has long featured box covers with photos of nationally known athletes.
Check to see if there is obvious damage to the electric meter box or the metal pipe on top, but never touch this equipment, especially if it appears damaged.
Wine and spirits are an easy gift to give and can be touched up with the perfect Wine bag or wine box.
Nine-year-old Stephanie Mattson puts the finishing touches on her shoe box theater that she created Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area.
Hairstylist Sean James reaches for this box when he needs to touch up roots in a pinch.
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In science:

Suppose that we condition on the event that there exists in B (n) an open cluster C which does not touch ∂B (n) and which has volume of the order of the volume nd of the box.
The Random-Cluster Model
He is not allowed to touch the box which he chooses not to open.
Quantum advantages in classically defined tasks
Since Bob is not allowed to touch the other box, i.e. box B , the final quantum state in this case is exactly (4).
Quantum advantages in classically defined tasks
To handle the former possibility, the idea is to modify the behavior of the paths that visit a predefined box in order to join at least two of the infinite components touching it; see Lemma 3.2.
On the uniqueness of the infinite cluster of the vacant set of random interlacements
Then the spins in the box lie on a spanning forest in which each connected component touches the boundary just once.
Theory of minimum spanning trees I: Mean-field theory and strongly disordered spin-glass model
Indeed, ¯Cm may touch the boundary of the box G in more dimensions than its much smaller subset B (ym , rN ).
Random walks on discrete cylinders with large bases and random interlacements
Three of the sides of each box must either touch the walls or another box.
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves
B sin(t − δ) By inspection this defines a closed curve depending on three parameters A, B , δ , touching the bounding box 2A × 2B at the points labeled in Figure 25.
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
It turns out that there is a “converse” of what we wrote in the previous paragraph which is that conditioned on the spectrum touching a box, there is uniform lower bound on the probability that the size of the spectrum is at least Ω(1)gr .
A survey on dynamical percolation
If you do not know, what this is, just do not touch it! For older versions of Stel larium a configuration file needed to be changed and the lines in the text box below added.
Claude - An Automation Tool for the Monet Telescopes
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