Definition of pillbox in English:

pillbox

noun

  • 1A small shallow cylindrical box for holding pills.

    • ‘He quickly made a mental list of the empty pillboxes he found on the floor.’
    • ‘Some people put their pills in a daily pillbox and use alarms to remind themselves to take their medicines.’
    • ‘Medication calendars or pillboxes labeled with the days of the week can help patients and caregivers know when medications have or have not been taken.’
    • ‘Provide a written dosing schedule, pictures of medications, daily or weekly pillboxes, alarm clocks, pagers, or other reminders.’
    • ‘Never mix two different drugs in the same pillbox.’
    • ‘The special category winner was Annie May Cullanlou for her hand painted pillbox.’
    • ‘Try strategies such as organizing your medications for the week in a pillbox, linking your med times to regular events like meals, or marking a calendar when you take your meds.’
    • ‘His face adorns pillowcases, posters, power toys and pillboxes.’
    • ‘There are figurines amassed by Christie's father, 20th-century pottery of Anthony's and watches and pillboxes of Christie's.’
  • 2A woman's hat with straight sides, a flat top, and no brim.

    • ‘Most are Ismaili, that most liberal sect of Islam headed by the Aga Khan, so even women were out and about wearing distinctive pillbox hats.’
    • ‘If my grandma Muriel had a twin sister and liked to wear leopard print pillbox hats, I'd try to get her a gig like that.’
    • ‘A short veil may be very stylish paired with a classic pillbox hat.’
    • ‘Though Oleg Cassini is generally credited with designing Jackie Kennedy's First Lady pillboxes.’
    • ‘The election of President Kennedy, which installed Jackie Kennedy with her pillbox hat and decorous gloves as a national fashion leader, reinvigorated the industry.’
    • ‘She wore one of mother's pillbox hats with netting over her eyes that I'm sure she thought made her look sophisticated but in reality, made her look like Betty Boop.’
    • ‘The skinny adolescent is dressed to kill in a black sheath dress, gloves and a straw pillbox hat with a veil.’
    • ‘She is wearing a simple yet elegant pink traveling gown and a pillbox hat, and is seated at a window seat.’
    • ‘The best I remember was a red wool coat and dress set, trimmed with black mink, with a matching pillbox hat.’
    • ‘On the cover, dressed in sheepskin jacket, pillbox hat and yellow T-shirt, he looks much younger than his 20 years.’
    • ‘Somewhere along the course of the evening the little pillbox hat had got lost.’
    • ‘On her head sits a black pillbox hat with a shoulder-length black veil speckled with black velvet dots.’
    • ‘So I bought Ganesh, about a foot high, gaudily painted in blue and purple, with gold highlights; and a yellow patterned umbrella, shaped like a pillbox hat.’
  • 3A small enclosed, partly underground, concrete fort used as an outpost.

    • ‘Sandbag-lined bunkers and hastily-constructed concrete pillboxes rose sporadically out of the churned land.’
    • ‘Dutch Harbor is an easy two-hour flight from Anchorage, and the area is covered with reminders of the war, from concrete pillboxes to a large, underground hospital.’
    • ‘It has more than two kilometres of trails, a five-acre lake, wartime pillboxes and new woodland.’
    • ‘When I landed I was carrying a 25-pound explosive which I was given to blow up a pillbox on the beach.’
    • ‘There is a set of features along its entire length - World War II defence emplacements, otherwise known as pillboxes.’
    • ‘There is evidence of mine clearing activities, movements of soldiers, bunkers around buildings and military pillboxes perched on the tops of hills.’
    • ‘Examples of less ambitious fortifications abound, like the concrete pillboxes, often hexagonal, which dot southern England.’
    • ‘The observant visitor to the Norfolk coast can hardly fail to notice its abundant Second World War defences, especially pillboxes.’
    • ‘As a member of the Western Front Association, he is currently trying to save a concrete pillbox on Rochdale Road East, not far from Heywood Cemetery.’
    • ‘One first world war pillbox was monitored, as were over 40 second world war examples.’
    • ‘He jumped on top of the pillbox, recharged the magazine, threw a grenade in through the door, fired his Sten gun into the box, killing two Germans and making the remainder prisoners.’
    • ‘The survey looked at buildings, from small pillboxes to aircraft hangars, including an unusual water board supply bunker at Blunsdon.’
    • ‘Concrete pillboxes stand as if abandoned only hours before, huge guns still point to sea covering narrow deepwater channels, and everywhere is the detritus of a vanquished army.’
    • ‘A better coastal trip is the southern route along to Agrigento, dotted with the pillboxes left behind after the war.’
    • ‘The objective was a ridge with strong points and pillboxes.’
    • ‘He almost single-handedly captured two pillboxes on the Mont Fleury Battery and took more than 20 prisoners.’
    • ‘He was dealing with the first part of the events that won him the VC, getting on top of the pillbox and chucking grenades into it.’
    • ‘The mobile Sherman tanks were not as effective because of the rubble, so they would be hidden in buildings to operate like a pillbox.’
    • ‘We had to use grenades to get at the Germans in the cement pillboxes, throwing them through the holes to knock their guns out.’
    • ‘Concrete pillboxes were constructed above the high tide mark, soldiers occupied some of the cottages along the shore front and guards prevented anyone going on the beach at night.’

Pronunciation

pillbox

/ˈpɪlbɒks/