whole note
noun Date: 1841 a musical note equal in time value to four quarter notes or two half notes — see note illustration

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Whole note — Whole Whole, a. [OE. hole, hol, hal, hool, AS. h[=a]l well, sound, healthy; akin to OFries. & OS. h?l, D. heel, G. heil, Icel. heill, Sw. hel whole, Dan. heel, Goth. hails well, sound, OIr. c?l augury. Cf. {Hale}, {Hail} to greet, {Heal} to cure …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whole note — whole notes N COUNT A whole note is a musical note that has a time value equal to two half notes. [AM] (in BRIT, use semibreve) …   English dictionary

  • whole note — n. Music a note held for the duration of four beats in common, or 4/4, time: see NOTE …   English World dictionary

  • whole note — n AmE a musical note which continues for as long as two ↑half notes British Equivalent: semibreve …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whole note — whole ,note noun count AMERICAN a musical note that has the same value as two HALF NOTES …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whole note — whole′ note n. mad a musical note equivalent in value to four quarter notes • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • Whole note — In music, a whole note (American or German terminology) or semibreve (British or classical terminology) is a note represented by a hollow oval note head, like a half note (or minim ), and no note stem (see Figure 1). Its length is typically equal …   Wikipedia

  • whole note — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms whole note : singular whole note plural whole notes music American a semibreve …   English dictionary

  • whole note — noun a musical note having the longest time value (equal to four beats in common time) • Syn: ↑semibreve • Hypernyms: ↑note, ↑musical note, ↑tone …   Useful english dictionary

  • whole note — Music. a note equivalent in duration to four quarter notes. See illus. under note. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

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