half rest


: a musical rest corresponding in time value to a half note

Examples of half rest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butler checked out for his second-half rest with 43.1 seconds left in the third quarter and the Heat up six, up to 26 points at that stage. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2023 Perform 3 to 5 sets of 3 to 5 reps, taking about a minute to a minute and a half rest between sets. Diego Mercado, Men's Health, 17 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of half rest was in 1839

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“Half rest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20rest. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

half rest

: a musical rest equal in time to a half note
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