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"
2. Noun. (music) resonator consisting of a thin board whose vibrations reinforce the sound of the instrument.
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
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Sounding Board
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, ..."