- a thin, resonant plate of wood forming part of a musical instrument, and so placed as to enhance the power and quality of the tone.
- a structure over or behind and above a speaker, orchestra, etc., to reflect the sound toward the audience.
- a board used in floors, partitions, etc., for deadening sound.
- a person or persons whose reactions serve as a measure of the effectiveness of the methods, ideas, etc., put forth.
- a person or group that propagates ideas, opinions, etc.: He was more of a sounding board than a novelist.
Origin of sounding board
First recorded in 1760–70
Also called soundboard.
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Examples from the Web for sounding board
Samuel Shriqui, another Upper East Side hairdresser, feels that some clients take the sounding-board scenario too far.The New Pseudo-Shrinks
March 27, 2009
Music burst from the sounding-board, odd, wild music, suddenly hopeful.The Link
Alan Edward Nourse
This is the sounding-board resonance of the bones of the head and chest.
It may be air resonance, or sounding-board resonance, or both combined.
It seemed to him to serve as a sounding-board to the fierce noises of the mongrel city.In the Wilderness
It was hard not to hear what Pushkin said, for the house was like a sounding-board.John Marvel, Assistant
Thomas Nelson Page
- Also called: soundboard a thin wooden board in a piano or comprising the upper surface of a resonating chamber in a violin, cello, etc, serving to amplify the vibrations produced by the strings passing across itSee also belly (def. 6)
- Also called: soundboard a thin screen suspended over a pulpit, stage, etc, to reflect sound towards an audience
- a person, group, experiment, etc, used to test a new idea, policy, etc, for acceptance or applicability
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