whispering gallery

noun
  1. 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
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Historical Examples of whispering gallery

  • London discussions might as well go on in the whispering-gallery of St. Paul's.

    The Path Of Duty

    Henry James

  • The form of a whispering-gallery is that of a segment of a sphere, or the like arched figure.

  • It is a news bureau—a parliament—a part of the whispering-gallery of the world.

    Cyrus Hall McCormick

    Herbert Newton Casson

  • Two lovers dwell in the Whispering-gallery, where the faintest breath bodies itself forth into a sound.


British Dictionary definitions for whispering gallery

whispering gallery

noun
  1. a gallery or dome with acoustic characteristics such that a sound made at one point is audible at distant points
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