Definition of Sounding board

1. Noun. A person whose reactions to something serve as an indication of its acceptability. "I would use newspapermen as a sounding board for such policies"

Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul

2. Noun. (music) resonator consisting of a thin board whose vibrations reinforce the sound of the instrument.
Exact synonyms: Soundboard
Group relationships: Forte-piano, Piano, Pianoforte, Stringed Instrument
Generic synonyms: Cavity Resonator, Resonating Chamber, Resonator
Terms within: Sound Hole
Category relationships: Music

Definition of Sounding board

1. Noun. A thin board that forms part of the resonating chamber of a musical instrument and serves to reinforce its sound ¹

2. Noun. A structure that reflects sound towards the intended listeners ¹

3. Noun. (context: by extension) Any device or means used to spread an idea or point of view ¹

4. Noun. A person, or group, whose reactions to a new idea or proposal serve to assess its acceptability ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sounding Board

soundex code
sounding balloon
sounding board (current term)
sounding boards
sounding lead
sounding line
sounding rocket
sounding rod

Literary usage of Sounding board

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The Harp, point is, that in this instrument the strings are not stretched athwart the sounding-board, but stand perpendicular, or else at an acute angle to ..."

2. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"... This is a long sounding-board, over which two wires are stretched; on the board are marked off various fractions of the length, and the interval noted ..."

3. The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1897)
"All Nature is a sounding-board ; or rather Akasha is the sounding-board of Nature. It is the Deity, the one Life, the one Existence. ..."

4. Music: Devoted to the Art, Science, Technic and Literature of Music (1895)
"The entire tension of the string is carried by the sounding board; instead of pulling down upon its arch as in all other string instruments, the strings of ..."

5. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"sounding board. A. A large surface of wood or other resonant material, by means of which a vibrating string or other small source of sound communicates its ..."

6. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"This is done by the sounding-board, which vibrates in sympathy with the ... In order that the string may set the sounding-board in full vibration it is ..."

7. On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences by Mary Somerville (1840)
"But when attached to a sounding board, as in the harp and piano-forte, it communicates its undulations to that surface, and from thence to every part of the ..."

8. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1887)
"It consists of an iron frame containing a sounding-board a over bridges, ... This coil is attached to the frame supporting the sounding-board, ..."

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