from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A machine in which hay, straw, corn-stalks, etc., are cut into short pieces as feed for cattle.
  • noun In diamond-cutting, a box into which the diamond dust falls when the diamonds which are cemented into the cutter and setter are rubbed against each other.


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  • In the summer, the plants are grown in the field, and not in pots, being transplanted from the cutting-box.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition) 1906

  • Or I love to catch up the bundles of oats as they are thrown down from the loft and send them whirling through the cutting-box so fast that they pour into the big baskets like streams of melted gold; or, grasping my pitchfork, I stuff the ricks over the mangers with the rich aromatic hay until I am as warm as when I loaded the wagons with it at midsummer noons.

    Aftermath James Lane Allen 1887

  • Good alfalfa silage is more easily made when the alfalfa has been run through a cutting-box than when in the uncut forms.

    Clovers and How to Grow Them Thomas Shaw 1880

  • a storage room for fanning mill, cutting-box, or other machinery, or implements, of same size and height as the granary.

    Rural Architecture Being a Complete Description of Farm Houses, Cottages, and Out Buildings Lewis Falley Allen 1845


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