Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beating; striking; impulse.
- n. In music, a trill-like ornament, consisting of a slow shake of a tone with the next tone below, beginning with the latter: common in old-fashioned music.
- n. Opposed to the cadence (see cadence, 4 ) in that in the latter the trill begins with the principal note.
- n. ballet A ballet move involving a beating action with an extended leg
- n. obsolete A thumping or beating sensation
- From French battement. (Wiktionary)
“And he had a battement kick that was technically wrong since it was bent-kneed, but probably unnoticeable given the surprising height he achieved with it.”
“Brooke is a lovely dancer with nice lines, which she aptly demonstrated in battement kicks, excellent supported jumps in splits and attitude position (where the back leg is bent), as well as a few hard lifts where Eric gave her good height and she supported much of her own body weight.”
“He's so flexible he can make really beautiful lines with those grand battement kicks in first and second position (to the front, then to the side).”
“I attended the exhibition numerous times and often saw the social dancers gazing up at the giant screens, briefly trying to emulate a move - a leg-extending developpé, a high-kicking battement, a pointed toe and delicate fan of the arms - then return to their rhythmic Latin dancing.”
“Et c pas ma respiration mais bien le rythme de mes battement de coeur.”
“Aussi j'ai entendu un battement d'ailes dans l'air, un battement d'ailes gigantesques.”
“Dancer at the Barre, for example, a left leg is raised backwards in battement, Degas' charcoal lines growing firmer the closer the kick gets to its peak.”
“Tout en disant ainsi, je jette ma pierre d'une main tremblante, et avec un horrible battement de coeur, mais si heureusement qu'elle va frapper au beau-milieu de l'arbre: ce qui véritablement n'étoit pas difficile: car j'avois eu soin de le choisir fort gros et fort près.”
“But, as the sound of bells is the most familiar of those sounds, which have a considerable battement, the vertiginous patients, who attend to the irritative circles of sounds above described, generally compare it to the noise of bells.”
“That is, at those intervals they attend to the apparent motions, and to the battement of sounds of the bodies around them, and for a moment mistake them for those real motions of the ship, and noise of wheels, which they had lately been accustomed to: or at these intervals of reverie, or on the approach of sleep, these supposed motions or sounds may be produced entirely by imagination.”
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