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whole rest

noun Music.
  1. a rest equivalent in duration to a whole note.
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Origin of whole rest

First recorded in 1885–90
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Historical Examples

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

    Music Notation and Terminology

    Karl W. Gehrkens