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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

black′ box′(n.)

  1. any unit that forms part of an electronic circuit and has its function but not its components specified.

    Category: Electronics

  2. any small, usu. black, box containing a secret, mysterious, or complex mechanical or electronic device.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. Category: Aeronautics

    Ref: flight recorder.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. black box(noun)

    equipment that records information about the performance of an aircraft during flight


  1. black box(Noun)

    Informal name for the brightly colored cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders in an aircraft designed to aid in determining the cause of an accident.

  2. black box(Noun)

    A theoretical construct or device with known input and output characteristics but unknown method of operation.


  1. Black box

    In science and engineering, a black box is a device, system or object which can be viewed in terms of its input, output and transfer characteristics without any knowledge of its internal workings. Its implementation is "opaque". Almost anything might be referred to as a black box: a transistor, an algorithm, or the human mind. The opposite of a black box is a system where the inner components or logic are available for inspection, which is sometimes known as a clear box, a glass box, or a white box.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

black box

a built-in machine for automatic recording of the details of a plane's flight

They found the black box two miles away from the wreckage of the crashed plane.

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