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.
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How to use sounding board in a sentence
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A third-generation coal miner who wore his western Pennsylvania roots proudly, Trumka was a crucial sounding board for Presidents from both parties on trade deals, labor disputes and worker safety, but he never fell for the trappings of Washington.Richard Trumka Has Died. Few Could Match His Clout in Labor Politics | Philip Elliott | August 5, 2021 | Time
Instead, Grant said, loved ones should try to be “a sounding board” for frustration or sadness that pickers may feel and then act as a resource to guide them toward help.Skin picking can be a troubling, visible mark of pandemic stress | Allyson Chiu | May 20, 2021 | Washington Post
They need to test hunches, tips and assumptions, and other insiders provide an ideal sounding board.Insider trading indictment highlights contacts with Bloomberg reporter | Erik Wemple | April 1, 2021 | Washington Post
In San Francisco, Mayhew was a sounding board for Lynch and concentrated on scouting and football operations.New GM Martin Mayhew again returns to Washington with unfinished business | Sam Fortier | March 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Reddit, a reader-fueled sounding board, has increasingly been used to cover breaking news events.How the Syrian War Subreddit Scoops Mainstream Media | Nina Strochlic | November 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Internally, Clinton has insisted that employees use the online “sounding board” to advocate for changes in department protocol.
Or when she played the canny sounding board and strategist for Gov. Bill Clinton in his run for president.
Samuel Shriqui, another Upper East Side hairdresser, feels that some clients take the sounding-board scenario too far.
Part of a leader's job, of course, is to act as a sounding board for direct reports.
The entire heavens seemed to form a sounding-board, the least vibration resonant beneath its stretch.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Music burst from the sounding-board, odd, wild music, suddenly hopeful.The Link | Alan Edward Nourse
The Pulpit is Oak, with carved panels, in shape hectagonal, and has a sounding-board.
The acoustic principle of sounding-board resonance, in its application to the voice, is discussed by several vocal scientists.The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
The importance attached by Howard to the sounding-board resonance of the entire body has already been noticed.The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for 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 (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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