fin·​ger·​board ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce fingerboard (audio)
plural fingerboards
: the part of a stringed instrument against which the fingers press the strings to vary the pitch see violin illustration see fretboard

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Other ice-like sounds included dryly plucking the strings above the left hand; sliding fingers up and down the fingerboard, creating an airy sound; and bowing the wood, bridges and tailpieces of their instruments. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Oct. 2022 The humid weather is no friend to violins, which may have explained a few of the sour notes near the top of the fingerboard, but there was little symbiosis between Bell and the orchestra. Globe Staff,, 8 Aug. 2022 For Hawk, the beginner-friendly ethos of the fingerboard sets stems from the inclusivity skateboarding symbolizes in general. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 27 July 2022 Jared also supplied ebony from his father’s studio for the fingerboard, bridge and binding, and Richard’s chisels for the tuner buttons. Jeff Campagna, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 The shredding, fingerboard-tapping, dive-bombs and epic power-ballad solos. Matt Wake |, al, 30 Jan. 2022 From a distance, a gamba looks a bit like a cello, but with sloping, rather than rounded, shoulders and a wider fingerboard under six or seven strings (versus the cello’s four). Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021 The Isbell Custom Tele’s boasts a ‘59-style body, chocolate sunburst finish, cream double-binding, maple neck and 21-fret rosewood fingerboard. Matt Wake |, al, 11 Sep. 2021 The players use only open strings, meaning that their left hands, which change the notes on the fingerboard, are rendered useless., 2 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fingerboard was in 1609

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“Fingerboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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fin·​ger·​board ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌbō(ə)rd How to pronounce fingerboard (audio)
: the part of a stringed instrument against which the fingers press the strings to vary the pitch

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