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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 48 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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REHEARSAL (from " rehearse," to say over again, repeat, recount, O.Fr. rehercer, from re, again, and hercer, to harrow, cf. " hearse," the original meaning being to rake or go over the same ground again as with a harrow), a recital of words or statements, particularly the trial performance in private of a play, musical composition, recitation, &c., for the purpose of practice preparatory to the performance in public. In the theatre a " full rehearsal " is one in which the whole performance is gone through with all the performers, a " dress rehearsal "one in which the performance is carried out with scenery, costumes, properties, &c., exactly as it is to be played in public.
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