fingerboard

noun
fin·ger·board | \ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌbȯrd \

Definition of fingerboard 

: the part of a stringed instrument against which the fingers press the strings to vary the pitch — see violin illustration

Examples of fingerboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The players' fingers never touched the sound fingerboards of their instruments, producing pure harmonic that seemed to set the entire gallery vibrating in some mysteriously shamanistic way. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Becoming John Luther Adams: The evolution of one of America's hottest composers," 3 May 2018 The violin solo runs up and down the ebony fingerboard, conjuring the feeling of feet slipping on thin ice, bodies crashing into snowy embankments. Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’," 21 Feb. 2018 This one with a solid brass fingerboard scalloped to facilitate the sort of string bending guitar-guru John McLaughlin was doing at the time. Matt Wake, AL.com, "A guitar Heart took to '70s success has an Alabama connection," 20 June 2017 Seventeen frets split up a total of 102 buttons which correspond to a traditional six-string guitar fingerboard. Christopher Null, WIRED, "Review: Mad Catz Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller," 22 Oct. 2010

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fingerboard.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fingerboard

1609, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fingerboard

Share fingerboard

Statistics for fingerboard

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fingerboard

The first known use of fingerboard was in 1609

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on fingerboard

See words that rhyme with fingerboard

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fingerboard

Comments on fingerboard

What made you want to look up fingerboard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!