sound box

noun

Definition of sound box

1 : a hollow chamber in a musical instrument for increasing its sonority
2 : a device in an early phonograph for producing sound from a record by using the vibration of a needle to move a diaphragm

Examples of sound box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In rhapsodic words attributed to the 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi on the metaphysical benefits of self-denial, If the sound box is stuffed full of anything, no music. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "Sedentary Pandemic Life Is Bad for Our Happiness," 19 Nov. 2020 The sound box of the instrument was incrusted with carnelian, lapis lazuli, and mother-of-pearl. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019 It was made of maple, with a hollow sound box and tuning pegs made of ash. Roff Smith, National Geographic, "New research questions famed burial of ‘first’ Christian Anglo-Saxon king," 8 May 2019 The mbira consists of a set of steel tines suspended over a sound box. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sound box

circa 1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sound box was circa 1875

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22 Nov 2020

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“Sound box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sound%20box. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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