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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sound′ing board`(n.)

  1. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: Also called soundboard.

  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.

Origin of sounding board:

1760–70

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sounding board(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. sounding board, soundboard(noun)

    (music) resonator consisting of a thin board whose vibrations reinforce the sound of the instrument

Wiktionary

  1. sounding board(Noun)

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

  2. sounding board(Noun)

    A structure that reflects sound towards the intended listeners

  3. sounding board(Noun)

    Any device or means used to spread an idea or point of view

  4. sounding board(Noun)

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

Freebase

  1. Sounding board

    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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