- 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
The sound-hole is long and pointed, and admirably set in the instrument.
The sound-hole, which is a masterpiece of gracefulness, reclines more.
Particularly is this the case in the form of the sound-hole and scroll.
The points of failure in these imitations may be cited as the scroll and sound-hole.
His sound-hole cannot be considered an effective one, and is not in keeping with the work.
- 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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