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noun
  1. an opening in the soundboard of a musical stringed instrument, as a violin or lute, for increasing the soundboard's capacity for vibration.

Origin of sound hole

First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for sound hole

Historical Examples

  • The sound-hole is long and pointed, and admirably set in the instrument.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • The sound-hole, which is a masterpiece of gracefulness, reclines more.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • Particularly is this the case in the form of the sound-hole and scroll.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • The points of failure in these imitations may be cited as the scroll and sound-hole.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • His sound-hole cannot be considered an effective one, and is not in keeping with the work.

    The Violin

    George Hart


British Dictionary definitions for sound hole

sound hole

noun
  1. any of variously shaped apertures in the sounding board of certain stringed instruments, such as the `f' shaped holes of a violin
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