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fingerboard

[fing-ger-bawrd, -bohrd]
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noun
  1. (of a violin, cello, etc.) the strip of wood on the neck against which the strings are stopped by the fingers.
  2. keyboard.

Origin of fingerboard

First recorded in 1665–75; finger + board
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Examples from the Web for fingerboard

Historical Examples

  • The tuning of the strings on the fingerboard of the barytone was on the same principle as that of the gamba.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski

  • They were at first limited to the lower part of the fingerboard, as was the case primarily with the violin.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski

  • As the stroke proceeds the pressure is gradually withdrawn, the bow moves more slowly, and approaches the fingerboard.

  • The correct positions for stopping the intervals are marked on the fingerboard by little metal ridges called frets.

  • The neck and fingerboard are made of hard wood, such as ebony, beech or pear.


British Dictionary definitions for fingerboard

fingerboard

noun
  1. the long strip of hard wood on a violin, guitar, or related stringed instrument upon which the strings are stopped by the fingers
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