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.

Words nearby whispering gallery

Origin of whispering gallery

First recorded in 1690–1700
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Examples from the Web for whispering gallery

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

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

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

    The Path Of Duty|Henry James
  • It is a news bureau—a parliament—a part of the whispering-gallery of the world.

    Cyrus Hall McCormick|Herbert Newton Casson

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
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