• WordNet 3.6
    • n fingerboard a narrow strip of wood on the neck of some stringed instruments (violin or cello or guitar etc) where the strings are held against the wood with the fingers
    • n fingerboard a bank of keys on a musical instrument
    • n fingerboard a guidepost resembling a hand with a pointing index finger
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fingerboard In the violin, guitar, and similar instruments, the thin, usually rounded, strip of wood on the neck, above which the strings are stretched, and against which, in stopping, they are pressed by the player's fingers. See cut under violin.
    • n fingerboard In the pianoforte and organ, the keyboard.
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In literature:

The fingerboard points the way to me distinctly.
"Peg O' My Heart" by J. Hartley Manners
There were eight frets on the fingerboard.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
Supposing, however, the neck is truly set and all is satisfactory, the next stage will be the laying of the fingerboard.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
"Violin Making" by Walter H. Mayson
At a point near the present Norton station, called the Fingerboard, there was a route to Fredericton.
"The History of the Post Office in British North America" by William Smith
With Illustration of Fingerboard.
"The Influence of the Organ in History" by Dudley Buck
The neck and fingerboard are made of hard wood, such as ebony, beech or pear.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

The cello has strings for the bow, a fingerboard (not keyboard) for the fingers, and a spike for the floor.
Using handcrafted knives, they shave down fingerboards, adjust soundposts and bridges and re-hair bows as piles of wood shavings accumulate at their feet.
I mean, every day you've got to conquer the fingerboard, and you've got to familiarize yourself with the instrument again.
Three-piece mahogany neck with 19-fret rosewood fingerboard.