Definition of sounding board in US English:

sounding board


  • 1A board or screen placed over or behind a pulpit or stage to reflect a speaker's voice forward.

    • ‘The original garland was hung on the sounding board of the pulpit, but the present garland now hangs on the church wall in the north-west corner of the Nave.’
    • ‘A sounding board on the ceiling at Notre Dame Basilica is at the root of a major local mystery.’
    • ‘It represents the most lavish use of rosewood veneer known on any Charleston surface with the exception of the sounding board of Saint Michael's pulpit, which dates from around 1760.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for soundboard
  • 2A person or group whose reactions to suggested ideas are used as a test of their validity or likely success before they are made public.

    ‘I considered him mainly as a sounding board for my impressions’
    • ‘Less formally, it was designed to be the President's private think tank, sounding board and discussion group.’
    • ‘We invite key customers to a lot of advisory board meetings, and some customers act as sounding boards and help us to develop our business strategies.’
    • ‘The writer, by way of comparison, depends upon his or her editor in the early stages of his or her career as a moderating influence, as a sounding board, and as a critic.’
    • ‘He explained that business mentoring was not the same as business advising and counselling, but more a hand-holding service for new and young businesses where an experienced business person became a regular contact and sounding board.’
    • ‘Most coaches meet weekly with clients in person or by telephone, acting as a sounding board and providing structure, motivation and objective feedback.’
    • ‘His job is to provide the Prime Minister with a shoulder to lean on, to be a sounding board to consult and to act out his orders across the government.’
    • ‘The mentorship matches a budding entrepreneur with a successful businesswoman who shares her experience of entrepreneurship, acts as a sounding board for ideas, suggests ways to solve problems, encourages and advises.’
    • ‘Bench coaches exist primarily to help managers, reducing their workloads, acting as their sounding boards, suggesting in-game strategies.’
    • ‘We are looking for some volunteers to act as a sounding board when we want to test new ideas, products, or services, and to collect more feedback on existing products and services.’
    • ‘We have huge respect for each other's views; we each use the other as a sounding board, and we're great readers.’
    • ‘Moreover, thinking of Elisabeth as a kind of sounding board whose reflection helps Descartes to clarify his thoughts leaves her with little independent intellectual life.’
    • ‘Although this task force may serve mainly as a sounding board for multicultural issues, it is still a helpful group.’
    • ‘I'm here as an adviser, an ear, a sounding board.’
    • ‘He wrote many drafts of an impressive script and used me as a sounding board and reader.’
    • ‘In conference calls during the day with an array of advisers or in one-on-one calls late at night, Kerry often uses his expanding team as sounding boards to provide feedback on his ideas.’
    • ‘He didn't say much but he was an excellent sounding board on which to try out the veracity of the latest bit of political gossip.’
    • ‘By the same token his republican bloodline saw him involved in the background of the peace process as both a negotiator and sounding board for the Government.’
    • ‘This was used as a technique to gauge interest and students in the local vocational school were a valuable sounding board.’
    • ‘Use them as a sounding board; their advice may provide a solution.’
    • ‘Students provide the best sounding board for the relevance of material.’
    1. 2.1 A channel through which ideas are disseminated.
      • ‘We also hope to connect local communities by providing a space and sounding board for existing social relationships.’
      • ‘To some it is the lowest form of radio, yet the phone-in show, that bizarre combo of confessional, soapbox and sounding board, is the one medium where the public ceases to be a statistic and actually finds its voice.’
      • ‘In addition, the caucus will serve as a clearinghouse for information and a sounding board for ideas brought forth by the nursing community.’
      • ‘The chance to publish freely to the online community provides another sounding board for disgruntled, negligent or even malicious members of staff.’
      • ‘It has served for more than thirty years as a unifying news portal, providing a communication medium and a sounding board for Canadian geoscientists.’


sounding board

/ˈsaʊndɪŋ ˌbɔ(ə)rd//ˈsoundiNG ˌbô(ə)rd/