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Black box

Black´ box`   Pronunciation: blăk´bǒks`
n.1.any electronic instrument or part of an instrument whose function is defined, but which is treated as a unit without consideration of the internal mechanisms; broadly, any device whose internal workings are considered as incomprehensible or mysterious by the user; as, to treat the meter as a black box and take its readings on faith.
2.(aviation) a device which maintains a record of cockpit conversations and the readings of many of the instruments on board an aircraft, continuously or at frequent time intervals during a flight. It is of rugged design to withstand a violent crash, and is used to determine the causes of aircraft accidents.
Noun1.black box - equipment that records information about the performance of an aircraft during flight
(jargon)black box - An abstraction of a device or system in which only its externally visible behaviour is considered and not its implementation or "inner workings".

See also functional testing.
recorder, recording equipment, recording machine
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