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jukebox

Syllabification: juke·box
Pronunciation: /ˈjo͞okˌbäks
 
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Definition of jukebox in English:

noun

1A machine that automatically plays a selected musical recording when a coin is inserted.
Example sentences
  • It's a compilation from the start of her career when she recorded with many bands and most of her records ended up in jukeboxes.
  • Someone throws a few coins into the jukebox and we are bombarded by Pink's ‘Lets get the party started’.
  • If you scooted them all a few inches or so this way, you could fit both a pinball machine and a jukebox along that wall.
1.1 Computing A device that stores several computer disks in such a way that data can be read from any of them.
Example sentences
  • In order to increase disk capacity in a jukebox, the physical size of the unit must be increased, which increases the cost of the unit.
  • DVD jukeboxes with 4.7GB capacity per disc may be a more suitable choice in situations where rapid data access is concerned.
  • The other traditional data storage, nearline archiving, involves moving the data to a slower media such as robotic tape and laser or magnetic optical jukeboxes.

Origin

1930s: from juke 'roadhouse' (related to Gullah juke 'disorderly') + box1.

More
  • In the USA a juke was a nightclub or bar that provided food, drinks, and music for dancing. The word was based on a term from the Creole language of the Gullah, an African-American people living on the coast of South Carolina and nearby islands. In their language juke meant ‘disorderly’.

Words that rhyme with jukebox

shadow-boxshoebox

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