Definition of Semibreve

1. Noun. A musical note having the longest time value (equal to four beats in common time).

Exact synonyms: Whole Note
Generic synonyms: Musical Note, Note, Tone



Definition of Semibreve

1. n. A note of half the time or duration of the breve; -- now usually called a whole note. It is the longest note in general use.

Definition of Semibreve

1. Noun. (music) A musical note four beats long in 4/4 time; a whole note (qualifier US) ¹

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Definition of Semibreve

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Semibreve

semiautomatics
semiautomating
semiautomaton
semiautonomous
semiaxes
semiaxis
semibald
semibarbarian
semibarbarians
semibarbaric
semibarbarism
semibarbarous
semibiographical
semibold
semibolds
semibreve (current term)
semibreve rest
semibreve rests
semibreves
semibrief
semibriefs
semibull
semibulls
semibuoyant
semicalcareous
semicalcined
semicanal
semicanal for tensor tympani muscle
semicanal of auditory tube
semicanalis

Literary usage of Semibreve

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Appleton's New Practical Cyclopedia: A New Work of Reference Based Upon the by George J Hagar (1910)
"The round-headed form of notes is now exclusively used, the old square breve seldom appearing except in the music of the Church. The semibreve is now taken ..."

2. The Story of Notation by Charles Francis Abdy Williams (1903)
"... and fractions of a semibreve as time-signs—Disappearance of the square and lozenge notes— Black notes used for augmentation in 1676—Martini—Rameau's ..."

3. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge by ed Andrew Findlater, John Merry Ross (1868)
"... halves, fourths, &c. of a semibreve) ; the numerator indicates the number of these fractional parts of a semibreve contained in each measure. ..."

4. A Treatise on Counterpoint & Fugue by Luigi Cherubini, Mary Cowden Clarke, Josiah Pittman (1854)
"Third order—four crotchets against a semibreve. All that has been enjoined in the third order of two-part counterpoint with respect to four crotchets, ..."

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