whole rest

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A whole rest on a musical staff

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whole rest (plural whole rests)

  1. (music) A pause or interval of silence equal in duration to two half rests or one half of a breve rest. In common or 4/4 time, its duration is four beats.
  2. (music) A symbol used in musical notation drawn as a solid rectangle directly below the line above the middle line of a staff whose height is half the distance between lines.

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