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sound hole

noun
1.
an opening in the soundboard of a musical stringed instrument, as a violin or lute, for increasing the soundboard's capacity for vibration.
Origin of sound hole
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • The scrolls are well executed, both in point of finish and style; the sound-hole also is cut with precision.

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  • How characteristic the scroll and the sound-hole of each several maker!

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  • The sound-hole partakes more of the character of Guarneri; the scroll is larger, and the turns bolder than in the Stradivari form.

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  • How graceful is the turn of the sound-hole at both the upper and lower sections!

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  • His sound-hole cannot be considered an effective one, and is not in keeping with the work.

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  • The points of failure in these imitations may be cited as the scroll and sound-hole.

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  • The model is often that of Girolamo Amati, but slightly more arched; the sound-hole is more rounded and less striking.

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  • Particularly is this the case in the form of the sound-hole and scroll.

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  • The outline is perfect; the sound-hole is executed in a masterly manner; the model, purfling, and scroll of equal merit.

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  • The sound-hole is long and pointed, and admirably set in the instrument.

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British Dictionary definitions for sound-hole

sound hole

noun
1.
any of variously shaped apertures in the sounding board of certain stringed instruments, such as the `f' shaped holes of a violin
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