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whispering gallery

a space or gallery beneath a dome or broad arch in which low sounds produced at any of certain points are clearly audible at certain other distant points.
Origin of whispering gallery
1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The form of a whispering-gallery is that of a segment of a sphere, or the like arched figure.

  • London discussions might as well go on in the whispering-gallery of St. Paul's.

    The Path Of Duty Henry James
  • Two lovers dwell in the whispering-gallery, where the faintest breath bodies itself forth into a sound.

  • It is a news bureau—a parliament—a part of the whispering-gallery of the world.

    Cyrus Hall McCormick Herbert Newton Casson
British Dictionary definitions for whispering-gallery

whispering gallery

a gallery or dome with acoustic characteristics such that a sound made at one point is audible at distant points
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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