whispering gallery


noun

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.

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Origin of whispering gallery

First recorded in 1690–1700

Words nearby whispering gallery

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Example sentences 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

noun

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