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whispering gallery

a space or gallery beneath a dome or broad arch in which low sounds produced at any of certain points are clearly audible at certain other distant points.
Origin of whispering gallery
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Every parlour and drawing-room is to him a whispering gallery.

  • So much for seeing the bell, clock, and whispering gallery; so much for the crypt.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • The whispering gallery, at the bottom of the inner dome, renders audible the slightest whisper from side to side.

  • There is a certain part of it of a circular form, commonly called the whispering gallery.

    Four Early Pamphlets William Godwin
  • The brooding stillness of the world seemed sensitive to the slightest sound, like a whispering gallery.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • Hard by, is a whispering gallery, and a kind of gallery, said to have been made for the diversion of the women and children.

  • On entering this door, they found themselves ushered at once into the whispering gallery.

    Rollo in London Jacob Abbott
  • On their way towards the door they met other parties coming in to see the whispering gallery.

    Rollo in London Jacob Abbott
  • They were now ushered into the whispering gallery, which is constructed on the very simple principle of an unbroken communication.

British Dictionary definitions for whispering gallery

whispering gallery

a gallery or dome with acoustic characteristics such that a sound made at one point is audible at distant points
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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