Definitions for sounding board
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Category: Music and Dance
Ref: Also called soundboard.
a structure over or at the back of a platform or stage to reflect sound toward the audience.
a person whose reactions serve as a measure of the acceptability of an idea or course of action.
a person or group that propagates ideas or opinions.
Origin of 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"
sounding board, soundboard(noun)
(music) resonator consisting of a thin board whose vibrations reinforce the sound of the instrument
A thin board that forms part of the resonating chamber of a musical instrument and serves to reinforce its sound
A structure that reflects sound towards the intended listeners
Any device or means used to spread an idea or point of view
A person, or group, whose reactions to a new idea or proposal serve to assess its acceptability
A sounding board is a structure placed above or behind a pulpit or other speaking platform which helps to project the sound of the speaker. The structure may be specially shaped to assist the projection, for example, being formed as a parabolic reflector. In the typical setting of a church building, the sounding board may be ornately carved or constructed. In this context it is also known as an abat-voix. The term may also be used figuratively to describe a person who listens to a speech or proposal in order that the speaker may rehearse or explore the proposition more fully. The term is also used inter-personally to describe one person listening to another, and especially to their ideas. When a person listens and responds with comments, they provide perspective that otherwise would not be available through introspection or thought alone.
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