from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mining, a wooden pipe to carry off water while putting the watertight casing to a shaft.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word plug-box.


  • The plug, with a canvas cistern, is the easiest mode of obtaining water; the plug-box being only the size of a paving-stone, is no annoyance in the street, and the water has only one angle to turn before it is delivered.

    Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction

  • When both these plugs were allowed to flow freely without hose, the water from that nearest the large main, rose about 18 inches, and the farther one about 1 inch above the plug-box.

    Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.