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 for Whispering gallery
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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     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.
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     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
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     5. (Fort.) Any communication which is covered overhead as
        well as at the sides. When prepared for defense, it is a
        defensive gallery.
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     6. (Mining) A working drift or level.
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     Whispering gallery. See under Whispering.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whispering \Whis"per*ing\,
     a. & n. from Whisper. v. t.
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     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 that whispers or feeble sounds are audible at a much
        greater distance than under ordinary circumstances. The
        dome of the U. S. capitol building is one example.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  whispering gallery
      n 1: a space beneath a dome or arch in which sounds produced at
           certain points are clearly audible at certain distant
           points [syn: whispering gallery, whispering dome]

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