Share this entry

Share this page

fingerboard

Line breaks: fin¦ger|board
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪŋɡəbɔːd
 
/

Definition of fingerboard in English:

noun

A flat or roughly flat strip on the neck of a stringed instrument, against which the strings are pressed to shorten the vibrating length and produce notes of higher pitches.
Example sentences
  • The archlute and the chitarrone or theorbo had, in addition to the strings on the fingerboard, open bass strings on an extended neck with a second pegbox.
  • This huge instrument - played by a system of moveable keys pressing the strings on the fingerboard, activated by levers and pedals - in fact only sounded a mere octave lower than the cello.
  • Pitch is determined by sliding the fingernail against the string rather than pressing it against a fingerboard (like violin).

Definition of fingerboard in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtəːpsɪkəˈriːən
adjective
relating to dancing