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[sound-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈsaʊndˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
1495-1505; sound1 + board Unabridged
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  • The vibrating string and soundboard cause the air adjacent to it to compress and expand with the same frequency.
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a thin plate of wood or a stretched membrane lying directly under the strings of a stringed musical instrument. It vibrates in response to the vibrations of the strings (transmitted to it by the bridge, an elastic piece of wood held under pressure or tension between the strings and soundboard), amplifying the faint sound produced by the string alone.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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