Whispering gallery
Gallery Gal"ler*y, n.; pl. {Galleries}. [F. galerie, It. galleria, fr. LL. galeria gallery, perh. orig., a festal hall, banquetting hall; cf. OF. galerie a rejoicing, fr. galer to rejoice. Cf. {Gallant}, a.] 1. A long and narrow corridor, or place for walking; a connecting passageway, as between one room and another; also, a long hole or passage excavated by a boring or burrowing animal. [1913 Webster]

2. A room for the exhibition of works of art; as, a picture gallery; hence, also, a large or important collection of paintings, sculptures, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. A long and narrow platform attached to one or more sides of public hall or the interior of a church, and supported by brackets or columns; -- sometimes intended to be occupied by musicians or spectators, sometimes designed merely to increase the capacity of the hall. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) A frame, like a balcony, projecting from the stern or quarter of a ship, and hence called {stern gallery} or {quarter gallery}, -- seldom found in vessels built since 1850. [1913 Webster]

5. (Fort.) Any communication which is covered overhead as well as at the sides. When prepared for defense, it is a {defensive gallery}. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mining) A working drift or level. [1913 Webster]

{Whispering gallery}. See under {Whispering}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Whispering gallery — Whispering Whis per*ing, a. & n. from {Whisper}. v. t. [1913 Webster] {Whispering gallery}, or {Whispering dome}, one of such a form that sounds produced in certain parts of it are concentrated by reflection from the walls to another part, so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whispering gallery — A whispering gallery is a gallery beneath a dome or vault or enclosed in a circular or elliptical area in which whispers can be heard clearly in other parts of the building. A whispering gallery is usually constructed in the form of an ellipsoid …   Wikipedia

  • whispering gallery — šnabždesių galerija statusas T sritis radioelektronika atitikmenys: angl. whispering gallery vok. Flüstergewölbe, n rus. шепчущая галерея, f pranc. galerie chuchotante, f …   Radioelektronikos terminų žodynas

  • whispering gallery — noun a space beneath a dome or arch in which sounds produced at certain points are clearly audible at certain distant points • Syn: ↑whispering dome • Hypernyms: ↑dome …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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. [1690 1700] * * * …   Universalium

  • whispering gallery — noun a gallery or dome with acoustic properties such that a faint sound may be heard round its entire circumference …   English new terms dictionary

  • whispering gallery — /ˈwɪspərɪŋ gæləri/ (say wispuhring galuhree) noun a gallery or dome in which sounds, however soft, are reflected and can be heard at a considerable distance …   Australian English dictionary

  • (the) Whispering Gallery — the Whispering Gallery [the Whispering Gallery] the famous ↑gallery (= a raised platform along the inner wall of a building) that goes all the way round the inside of the ↑dome of ↑St Paul s Cathedral in London …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gallery — Gal ler*y, n.; pl. {Galleries}. [F. galerie, It. galleria, fr. LL. galeria gallery, perh. orig., a festal hall, banquetting hall; cf. OF. galerie a rejoicing, fr. galer to rejoice. Cf. {Gallant}, a.] 1. A long and narrow corridor, or place for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whispering — is an unvoiced mode of phonation in which the vocal cords do not vibrate normally, but are instead adducted sufficiently to create audible turbulence (a hissing quality) as the speaker exhales (or occasionally inhales) during speech. [ Principles …   Wikipedia

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