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In general, any device which consists of a thin metallic wire stretched over two bridges that are usually mounted on a soundboard and which is used to measure the vibration frequency, tension, density, or diameter of the wire, or to verify relations between these quantities. Also known as monochord.
In particular, an instrument for measuring rock stress by means of a piano wire stretched between two bolts in the rock; any change of pitch after destressing is observed and used to indicate stress.