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Sounding board   /sˈaʊndɪŋ bɔrd/   Listen
Sounding board

A person whose reactions to something serve as an indication of its acceptability.
(music) resonator consisting of a thin board whose vibrations reinforce the sound of the instrument.  Synonym: soundboard.

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"Sounding board" Quotes from Famous Books

... a story, and not propounding theories in this book; and chiefly I am telling of the ideas and influences and emotions that have happened to me—me as a sort of sounding board for my world. The moralist is at liberty to go over my conduct with his measure and say, "At this point or at that you went wrong, and you ought to have done"—so-and-so. The point of interest to the statesman is that it didn't for a moment occur to us to do so-and-so when ...
— The New Machiavelli • Herbert George Wells

... called natural, as it is that into which the string naturally divides itself when stricken. An attentive ear can readily distinguish the succession of sounds as far as the small seventh. The longer bass strings of any piano of full tone and resonant sounding board will suffice for the experiment. These are also the natural notes as found, with differences in compass, in the simple horn and trumpet, and the phenomenon is visibly shown in the well-known experiment of grains of sand placed on a brass or glass plate, and made to assume various forms and degrees ...
— The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864 - Devoted To Literature And National Policy • Various

Words linked to "Sounding board" :   music, mortal, pianoforte, soul, forte-piano, someone, individual, cavity resonator, somebody, person, piano, stringed instrument, resonating chamber, sound hole, resonator

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