whispering gallery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n whispering gallery a space beneath a dome or arch in which sounds produced at certain points are clearly audible at certain distant points
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whispering gallery 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.
    • Whispering gallery See under Whispering.
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Usage

In literature:

The pair squeezed themselves into the farthest corner of the gallery, and whispered together till dark.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
London discussions might as well go on in the whispering-gallery of St. Paul's.
"The Path Of Duty" by Henry James
First thought, whispered commentary must come from Ladies' Gallery.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, February 25, 1893" by Various
On entering this door, they found themselves ushered at once into the whispering gallery.
"Rollo in London" by Jacob Abbott
The world of business is a vast whispering gallery.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
The external appearance of the Whispering Gallery is shown on page 75.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
Every accent had a fullness and melody of tone, as if spoken in a whispering gallery.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
By this time Clara had recognised her picture-gallery acquaintances, and, drawing her aunt aside, she hastily whispered her reminiscences.
"A Tangled Tale" by Lewis Carroll
Gloucester cathedral, lines on whispering gallery, 56.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Jerome started, and with an agitated whisper to the other lady, the princess Catherine, they left the gallery.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
The "whispering gallery" was reached after a time.
"An American Girl Abroad" by Adeline Trafton
And that whispering gallery!
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
How many people, when climbing up the stairs that lead to the whispering gallery and elsewhere, have ever noticed any peculiarity about them?
"Cathedral Cities of England" by George Gilbert
The tittering in the gallery and whispering in the body were audible to all except the persons who were the cause of both.
"The Deemster" by Hall Caine
The whispering in the gallery and tittering in the body were audible to all except the persons who were the occasion of them.
"She's All the World to Me" by Hall Caine
At last he picked up and followed, and a whisper ran through the gallery.
"Fore!" by Charles Emmett Van Loan
Like a great whispering gallery, the whole house listened.
"The Wolves of God" by Algernon Blackwood
Dublin, we have said elsewhere, is a huge whispering gallery.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
Higher up still is a whispering gallery.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
Every parlour and drawing-room is to him a whispering gallery.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb
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In poetry:

Who knew her solitude?
Who heard the peace downstairs
While flames ran whispering among the rafters?
Who felt the silence, there,
The long, hushed gallery
Clean and resigned and waiting for the fire?
"Elegy For The Monastery Barn" by Thomas Merton

In news:

Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo visits Chuckie's Bay County Flea Market gallery (5 photos).
Whispering Gallery No Secret in DRC Gold Cup.
Whispering Gallery wins the 2011 DRC Gold Cup.
Whispering Gallery No Secret in DRC Gold Cup.
Whispering Gallery wins the 2011 DRC Gold Cup.
My wife whisper-shouted these observations to me last Friday night during the Tennessee Shakespeare Company's performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.
Check out our gallery of Whispers political caricatures.
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In science:

Upon this procedure, the mode propagating along the waveguide transforms into a whispering-gallery mode of a ring.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
This leakage is responsible for a finite lifetime of the whispering-gallery mode.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
Upon wrapping a stripe with enhanced dielectric constant into a ring, a waveguided mode transforms into a whispering-gallery mode.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
The inset is a schematic drawing of the cylindrical sapphire oscillator with the Poynting vector P in the whispering gallery (WG) mode, the velocity v(t) of the cylinder with respect to the CMB, and the relevant angles for a photon in the WG mode.
Tests of relativity using a microwave resonator
These equations are general for any resonator experiments, including FabryPerot and microwave cavity experiments, and simplify the analysis for complex resonator configurations, such as whispering gallery mode resonators.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
In the next subsection we consider similar configurations for Whispering Gallery (WG) modes.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
Fig. 7. A visual representation of the electric and magnetic fields of a ’pure’ Whispering Gallery mode propagating in the φ direction with a radius of r = R.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
In this section we restrict ourselves to analysis of whispering gallery mode resonator experiments, as the analysis has been well described for FabryPerot resonators previously .
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
For the whispering gallery mode experiment as shown in Fig. 8, the variable of integration around the path of the resonator is naturally chosen as the azimuthal angle, φj , relative to the cylindrical coordinates of each resonator.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
The mode which we excite is a Whispering Gallery mode we have a choice of WGEm,n,p or WGHm,n,p modes, the first subscript, m, gives the azimuthal mode number, while n and p give the number of zero crossings in the radial and z-direction respectively.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
Note the dominant fields are Ez and Hr consistent with a pure whispering gallery mode approximation.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
We applied the above analysis to our experiment at the University of Western Australia, which is based on rotating cryogenic sapphire whispering gallery mode microwave oscillators.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
The energy dispersion relation of the refractive index is also considered and the mode equations are solved consistently, in the whispering gallery mode approximation .
{\it In-situ} Laser Microprocessing at the Quantum Level
In the calculated spectra, the whispering gallery modes are labeled according to their azimuthal and radial numbers . (B) Tuning of a cavity mode M into (and off) resonance with the negative trion X− con fined in a single QD.
{\it In-situ} Laser Microprocessing at the Quantum Level
The light circulating inside an optical whispering gallery mode inside the toroid exerts a radiation pressure that couples to a mechanical breathing mode.
Optomechanics (a brief review)
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