sound hole


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 The spruce top and contoured lip of the sound hole give the acoustic-electric hybrid a rich, full sound when unplugged. Popular Science, "The 100 greatest innovations of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019 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, "Willie Nelson’s 50-year Love Affair with Trigger, His Faithful Guitar," 23 Nov. 2019 The mottled area just above the sound hole shows the effects of fifty coats of lacquer applied over 35 years. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Willie Nelson’s 50-year Love Affair with Trigger, His Faithful Guitar," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sound hole

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Sound hole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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