black box

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black box ‎(plural black boxes)

  1. (aviation) 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. (transport) by extension, any similar device on motor vehicles, such as rail event recorders and ship trip recorders
  3. A theoretical construct or device with known input and output characteristics but unknown method of operation.

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