from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the small notes occur on the unaccented parts of the measure, taking their time from the preceding note.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, the second or unaccented note, the first of every two notes being naturally accented; one or more small notes that are not appoggiaturas, but belong to the preceding instead of the succeeding note.
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