whole rest


, Music.
  1. a rest equivalent in duration to a whole note.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of whole rest1

First recorded in 1885–90

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Example Sentences

Honestly, it’s my favorite time of day because no one else is up, and I can do my coffee-drinking, a little bit of meditation, do some exercise before the whole rest of the world’s even stirring.

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The Brotherhood left no choice for the whole rest of society, united, to reject their governance.

And I said, ‘OK, you better show me the whole rest of the movie, so we can see what we're dealing with.’

Add six drachms of pulverized alum, stir with a brush to quicken the solution of the salt, and let the whole rest 20 minutes.

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

But that year was worth the whole rest of life put together.

Her eyes said so much that I think I could write the whole rest of the night about them.

He was the man she wanted; the whole rest of the world was nothing in comparison to him.


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