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 But the acoustic guitar of the kind that sits alongside Frisell on the couch—smallish body, light spruce top, round sound hole, dark-wood neck and sides—is a world-changing instrument in its own right. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 One of her eyes replaces the instrument’s sound hole — as if to suggest the possibility of a perception synthesized and expanded by love. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 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 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sound hole was in 1611

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“Sound hole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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