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sounding board

n.
1. Music
a. A thin board forming the upper portion of the resonant chamber in an instrument, such as a violin or piano, and serving to increase resonance.
b. A structure placed behind or over a podium or platform to reflect music or a speaker's voice to an audience. Also called soundboard.
2. A person or group whose reactions to an idea, opinion, or point of view serve as a measure of its effectiveness or acceptability.
3. A device or means serving to spread or popularize an idea or a point of view.

sounding board

n
1. (Instruments) Also called: soundboard a thin wooden board in a piano or comprising the upper surface of a resonating chamber in a violin, cello, etc, serving to amplify the vibrations produced by the strings passing across it. See also belly6
2. (Building) Also called: soundboard a thin screen suspended over a pulpit, stage, etc, to reflect sound towards an audience
3. a person, group, experiment, etc, used to test a new idea, policy, etc, for acceptance or applicability

sound′ing board`


n.
1. Also called soundboard. a thin, resonant plate of wood forming part of a musical instrument, and so placed as to enhance the power and quality of the tone.
2. a structure over or at the back of a platform or stage to reflect sound toward the audience.
3. a person whose reactions serve as a measure of the acceptability of an idea or course of action.
4. a person or group that propagates ideas or opinions.
[1760–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sounding board - a person whose reactions to something serve as an indication of its acceptability; "I would use newspapermen as a sounding board for such policies"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.sounding board - (music) resonator consisting of a thin board whose vibrations reinforce the sound of the instrumentsounding board - (music) resonator consisting of a thin board whose vibrations reinforce the sound of the instrument
forte-piano, piano, pianoforte - a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
cavity resonator, resonating chamber, resonator - a hollow chamber whose dimensions allow the resonant oscillation of electromagnetic or acoustic waves
sound hole - a hole in a soundboard (as of a violin) designed to resonate with the tones
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
Translations

sounding board

n
(on instrument) → Resonanzboden m; (over platform etc) → Schalldeckel m
(fig)Resonanzboden m; he used the committee as a sounding board for his ideaser benutzte den Ausschuss, um die Wirkung seiner Vorschläge zu sondieren

sounding board

n (Mus) → tavola armonica (fig) → banco di prova
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