sound hole

noun

Definition of sound hole

: an opening in the top surface of a stringed instrument (such as a violin) to enhance vibration and resonance — see violin illustration

Examples of sound hole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Erlewine carefully rubs the gouges in the wood that run parallel to the strings between the bridge and the sound hole, a sign of the force with which Willie plays. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 20 Nov. 2021 Erlewine carefully rubs the gouges in the wood that run parallel to the strings between the bridge and the sound hole, a sign of the force with which Willie plays. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 20 Nov. 2021 The mottled area just above the sound hole shows the effects of fifty coats of lacquer applied over 35 years. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 20 Nov. 2021 Erlewine carefully rubs the gouges in the wood that run parallel to the strings between the bridge and the sound hole, a sign of the force with which Willie plays. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 20 Nov. 2021 Erlewine carefully rubs the gouges in the wood that run parallel to the strings between the bridge and the sound hole, a sign of the force with which Willie plays. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 20 Nov. 2021 The air bounces off the stiff wooden back and sides and bursts out of the sound hole: a musical note. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2020 Some of the earliest guitars were decorated with a floral pattern around their sound hole, which made the guitar more attractive and was thought to strengthen the opening. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2020 The spruce top and contoured lip of the sound hole give the acoustic-electric hybrid a rich, full sound when unplugged. Popular Science, 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sound hole

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sound hole was in 1611

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6 Jan 2022

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“Sound hole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sound%20hole. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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