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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

whole′ note`(n.)

  1. a musical note equivalent in value to four quarter notes.

    Category: Music and Dance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whole note, semibreve(noun)

    a musical note having the longest time value (equal to four beats in common time)


  1. whole note(Noun)

    A musical note four beats long in 4/4 time.


  1. Whole note

    In music, a whole note or semibreve is a note represented by a hollow oval note head, like a half note, and no note stem. Its length is equal to four beats in 4/4 time. Most other notes are fractions of the whole note; half notes are played for one half the duration of the whole note, quarter notes are each played for one quarter the duration, etc. A whole note lasts half as long as a double whole note. A related symbol is the whole rest, which usually denotes a silence for the same duration. Whole rests are drawn as filled-in rectangles hanging under the second line from the top of a musical staff.


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