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semibreve

[sem-ee-breev, -brev, sem-ahy-] /ˈsɛm iˌbriv, -ˌbrɛv, ˈsɛm aɪ-/
noun, Music (chiefly British)
1.
a note half the length of a breve; whole note.
Origin of semibreve
1585-1595
1585-95; semi- + breve
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  • There was also a semibreve, a diamond-shaped note which was used when two or more tones were sung to one syllable.

  • The dotted minim value of this corresponds with the semibreve value of the other.

    Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor
  • So much is Don Zuniga, her father, that he does not know a semibreve from a culverin!

  • The last note of the exercise, which was printed as a dotted minim, has been changed to a semibreve.

    Advice to Singers Frederick James Crowest
British Dictionary definitions for semibreve

semibreve

/ˈsɛmɪˌbriːv/
noun
1.
(music) a note, now the longest in common use, having a time value that may be divided by any power of 2 to give all other notes Usual US and Canadian name whole note See also breve (sense 2)
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