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sounding board

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.
Also called soundboard.
Origin of sounding board
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the violin or guitar what takes the place of the sounding board of the piano?

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • It has a pear-shaped body, composed of narrow pieces of bent wood glued together; the sounding board is flat, and of fir.

  • Four holes, each an inch in diameter, in the sounding board improves the harp.

  • This was a trapeze-shaped instrument, composed of a solid frame, sounding board and metal wires struck with hammers.

  • The grand piano, under a low arch at the far-end of the room, was cunningly raised and placed as on and in a sounding board.

  • The shape was adapted to a sounding board, which had been made for the Cathedral, but was rejected there.

    Old Times at Otterbourne Charlotte M. Yonge
  • My room is exactly like a sounding board for your idle conversation.

    Clair de Lune Michael Strange
  • The hills that hem the valley to the west perhaps act as a sounding board.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
British Dictionary definitions for sounding board

sounding board

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 it See also belly (sense 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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