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, etc., 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, etc., exactly as it is to be played in public.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)