from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small box, usually of tin, with a perforated top, used to sprinkle flour on roasting meat, on a knead-ing-board, etc. Also dredge-box.


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  • No — I beheld a female form, with mob-cap, bib, and apron, sleeves tucked up to the elbow, a dredging-box in the one hand, and in the other a sauce-ladle.

    The Fortunes of Nigel 2004

  • Boil a quart of milk, and when nearly cold, stir it in the middle of your pan of flour, with two spoonsful of yeast, and one of butter and salt; let it lighten for two or three hours; knead the flour in it, and let it rise again: a little while before you bake, roll it out, and cut it with the top of your dredging-box.

    Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers Elizabeth E. Lea

  • A clogmaker combs out my wig upon my curate's head, by way of a block, and his wife powders it with a dredging-box.

    The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (Rev. C. L. Dodgson) Stuart Dodgson Collingwood 1903

  • He was horrified to see Pompey give the wig a liberal sprinkling of gunpowder from the powder-horn, instead of starch from the dredging-box; and the explosion of the old wig was no longer assigned to diabolical, thaumaturgical, or meteorological influences.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England Alice Morse Earle 1881

  • Christ-child hover above, but Santa Claus himself stood below, fur-clad, white-bearded, and powdered with snow from the dredging-box.

    Jack and Jill Louisa May Alcott 1860

  • It is quite true that these small lights were always placed beautifully; and though the plate, after its "touching," generally looked as if ingeniously salted out of her dredging-box by an artistical cook, the salting was done with a spirit which no one else can now imitate.

    The Harbours of England John Ruskin 1859

  • A small cooking-tray, holding pepper, salt, dredging-box, knife and spoon, should stand close at hand by the stove, (Fig. 14.) [Illustration: Fig. 14.] [Illustration: Fig. 15.]

    American Woman's Home Harriet Beecher Stowe 1853

  • Mrs. Elder took the dredging-box out into the kitchen, and gave the cook a sound scolding for permitting the child to have it.

    Home Scenes and Home Influence; a series of tales and sketches 1847

  • In about ten minutes, the child opened the door and came in pulling the dredging-box, to which she had tied a string, along the floor, and marking the progress she made by a track of white meal.

    Home Scenes and Home Influence; a series of tales and sketches 1847

  • If you are very particular about dark gravies, keep your dredging-box full of scorched flour for that purpose.

    The American Frugal Housewife Lydia Maria Francis Child 1841


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