whole rest


noun Music.

a rest equivalent in duration to a whole note.

Nearby words

  1. whole nine yards,
  2. whole nine yards, the,
  3. whole note,
  4. whole number,
  5. whole numbers,
  6. whole shebang,
  7. whole sister,
  8. whole snipe,
  9. whole step,
  10. whole tone

Origin of whole rest

First recorded in 1885–90

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Examples from the Web for whole rest

  • Because of this peculiarity of usage the whole-rest is termed Takt-pausa (measure-rest) by the Germans.