• WordNet 3.6
    • n rehearsal (psychology) a form of practice; repetition of information (silently or aloud) in order to keep it in short-term memory
    • n rehearsal a practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert) "he missed too many rehearsals","a rehearsal will be held the day before the wedding"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you pause Saturday Night Fever at the "How Deep Is Your Love" rehearsal scene, you will see the camera crew reflected in the dance hall mirror.
    • n Rehearsal The act of rehearsing; recital; narration; repetition; specifically, a private recital, performance, or season of practice, in preparation for a public exhibition or exercise. "In rehearsal of our Lord's Prayer.""Here's marvelous convenient place for our rehearsal ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rehearsal The act of rehearsing. Repetition of the words of another.
    • n rehearsal Narration; a telling or recounting, as of particulars: as, the rehearsal of one's wrongs or adventures.
    • n rehearsal In music and the drama: The process of studying by practice or preparatory exercise: as, to put a work in rehearsal.
    • n rehearsal A meeting of musical or dramatic performers for practice and study together, preliminary to a public performance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rehearsal rē-hėr′sal act of rehearsing: recital: recital and performance for practice previous to public representation
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  • Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
    Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
    “Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.”
  • Leroy ''Satchel'' Paige
    Leroy ''Satchel'' Paige
    “If you tell a lie, always rehearse it. If it don't sound good to you, it won't sound good to anybody.”
  • Lucinda Basset
    Lucinda Basset
    “You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.”
  • Rose Tremain
    Rose Tremain
    “Life is not a dress rehearsal.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”
  • Charles A. Garfield
    Charles A. Garfield
    “I've discovered that numerous peak performers use the skill of mental rehearsal of visualization. They mentally run through important events before they happen.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rehercer, reherserre-, again, hercer, to harrow—herce (Fr. herse), a harrow.


In literature:

If it is to be a church wedding, more than one rehearsal may be required.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
For even as Riczi left her, yonder behind the yew-hedge a shrill joculatrix sang, in rehearsal for Jehane's bridal feast.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
Two acrobats who performed what is called the "brothers' act" were rehearsing.
"The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Mr. David had told me of it, and I had planned to revive the old custom this year, and had rehearsed the children.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
There are, too, the matinees and the rehearsal every Monday at noon.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Mr. Ringold decided to film several of them, and rehearsals were already under way.
"The Moving Picture Boys on the Coast" by Victor Appleton
Polly out in the kitchen was rehearsing her woes to Solomon.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
There are a lot of good parts, and we're wild to begin rehearsals.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
Such signs, however, can only be properly estimated by the medical counselor, and it would be useless to rehearse them here.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Full rehearsal at eight o'clock in the Big Hall.
"Judy of York Hill" by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett

In poetry:

It seemeth me too much
I do rehearse for such
A mean
And single scene.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
My heart unbidden joins rehearse,
I hope it's better made,
When mingling with the universe,
Beneath the maple's shade.
"Autumn" by Mary Baker Eddy
O cruelty -- who could rehearse
Thy million dismal deeds,
Or track the workings of the curse
By which all nature bleeds?
"Cruelty" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
When Peace brings Freedom in her train,
Let happy lips his songs rehearse;
His life is now his noblest strain,
His manhood better than his verse!
"Bryant On His Birthday" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Fool that I was! I will rehearse my fault:
I, wingless, thought myself on high to lift
Among the winged—I set these feet that halt
To run against the swift.
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
Thy name, Thy glories, they rehearse,
Great Spirit of the universe!
Sense of all sense, and Soul of soul,
Nought is too vast for Thy control;
The meanest and the mightiest share
Alike Thy kindness and Thy care.
"Spring: Thursday Morning" by John Bowring

In news:

The new Broadway revival of ' Glengarry Glen Ross' will open later, Dec 8, due to canceled rehearsals in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Julie Andrews directs rehearsals for the national tour of THE BOY FRIEND.
And in the rehearsal studio, the director has to compete with a nearby waterfall.
Actor George Wendt has left the in-rehearsal company of The Odd Couple at the Chicago-area's Northlight Theatre due to medical reasons, the not-for-profit announced on Oct 30.
TimWes rehearses alone to a blaring stereo in his Fort Myers home.
Katy Perry rehearses for the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada, June 16, 2012.
Facebook, Madd Hatter 's HauntOur friends at Madd Hatter 's Haunt let us come in a day early for a dress rehearsal.
Our friends at Madd Hatter 's Haunt let the 94.5 KATS staff come in a day early for a dress rehearsal.
The other day, Paul Simon was rehearsing a favorite song: his own "Darling Lorraine," about a love that starts hot but turns very cold.
Don Klein And Em Hench Rehearse For OP County Club Bistro Theater.
Rehearsal Space Gets New Board.
Videos like this take a ton of rehearsal to get the timing just right.
Dress rehearsal of Camp Barn Theatre's "Krazy Kamp ".
Images during a dress rehearsal for the production of "Krazy Kamp " at the Barn Theatre in Stuart on Wednesday.

In science:

There is an opinion that this is not caused by problems of audition, speech, or articulatory rehearsal within the phonological loop component of Baddeley and Hitch's working memory model.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
It was demonstrated that there is minimum interference between the subsystems in terms of storage and rehearsal mechanisms.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The production algorithm relies on the rejection method whose invention dates back to von Neumann and which we do not rehearse here.
Random numbers from the tails of probability distributions using the transformation method
It is not our purpose to rehearse these connections here and we refer the interested reader to references [6, 12] where much of the material is reviewed.
Laplace Invariants for General Hyperbolic Systems
If I replaced the block cipher with another one, I would ‘rehearse’ OOP again in the context of the new class.
Learning by Test-infecting Symmetric Ciphers