What does sounding board mean?

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  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


  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


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sounding board in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sounding board in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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