[ fing-ger-bawrd, -bohrd ]

  1. (of a violin, cello, etc.) the strip of wood on the neck against which the strings are stopped by the fingers.

Origin of fingerboard

First recorded in 1665–75; finger + board

Words Nearby fingerboard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use fingerboard in a sentence

  • Of course, I round the fingerboard's edges somewhat, and clean on each occasion of wetting.

    Violin Making | Walter H. Mayson
  • I have wood guard 31 ready for protection of fingerboard, and 32, for the back, and one of No. 11 cramps.

    Violin Making | Walter H. Mayson
  • Then on the nut, cut the narrow channels over which the strings have to pass to the fingerboard.

    Violin Making | Walter H. Mayson
  • At a point near the present Norton station, called the fingerboard, there was a route to Fredericton.

  • If I draw the bow above the fingerboard instead of keeping it near the bridge, I have a decided contrast in color.

    Violin Mastery | Frederick H. Martens

British Dictionary definitions for fingerboard


/ (ˈfɪŋɡəˌbɔːd) /

  1. the long strip of hard wood on a violin, guitar, or related stringed instrument upon which the strings are stopped by the fingers

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