American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An odd, whimsical, or stubborn notion.
- n. Music See quarter note.
- n. Obsolete A small hook or hooklike structure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little hook; a hook.
- n. Specifically In anatomy, the hooked anterior end of the superior occipitotemporal cerebral convolution.
- n. In entomology, a little hook-like organ or process, generally one of a series; specifically, one of the minute horny hooks on the prolegs of many caterpillars.
- n. One of the pair of marks, , used in writing and printing, now more commonly called brackets. See bracket, n., 4.
- n. A curved surgical instrument with a sharp hook, used to extract the fetus in the operation of embryotomy.
- n. In music, a note equal in length to half a minim or one fourth of a semibreve; a quarter note. See note.
- n. A piece of wood resembling a fork, used as a support in building.
- n. Milit., a peculiar arrangement of troops, in which they are drawn up in a line nearly perpendicular to the line of battle.
- n. In fortification, an indentation in the glacis of the covered way at a point where a traverse is placed.
- n. A singular opinion, especially one held by a person who has no special competency to form a correct opinion; an unusual and whimsical notion concerning a matter of fact or principle of action; a perverse or odd conceit.
- To play or sing in quick rhythm.
- n. In zoology, one of the slightly curved and notched bristles or chætæ common among Oligochæta, and serving probably as locomotor organs.
- n. Same as crocket.
- n. music A musical note one beat long in 4/4 time.
- n. A sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook (obsolete except in crochet hook).
- n. archaic a whim or a fancy
- v. to make needlework by looping thread with a hooked needle
- v. obsolete to play music in measured time
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A forked support; a crotch.
- n. (Mus.) A time note, with a stem, having one fourth the value of a semibreve, one half that of a minim, and twice that of a quaver; a quarter note.
- n. (Fort.) An indentation in the glacis of the covered way, at a point where a traverse is placed.
- n. (Mil.) The arrangement of a body of troops, either forward or rearward, so as to form a line nearly perpendicular to the general line of battle.
- n. (Print.) A bracket. See Bracket.
- n. (Med.) An instrument of a hooked form, used in certain cases in the extraction of a fetus.
- n. A perverse fancy; a whim which takes possession of the mind; a conceit.
- v. obsolete To play music in measured time.
- n. a strange attitude or habit
- n. a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
- n. a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
- n. a small tool or hooklike implement
- From Old French crochet (‘small hook’), from croc (with diminutive suffix -et), from Old Norse krókr (‘hook’). The musical note was named so because of a small hook on its stem in black notation (in modern notation this hook is on the quaver/eighth note). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English crochet, from Old French; see crochet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Here you have just that kind of crotchet that I am going to deal with.”
“Hand-made cotton crotchet over piano (traditional Portuguese crotchet)”
“Serge #6: Had he been a bishop he might have set fire to his crotchet.”
“The icing crotchet is breathtaking, quilling is now my favorite, the fabric wedding cake rules the northern hemisphere of cake-dom and I just drank a 64 ounce jug of water so forgive my typos, but Im in a hurry.”
“I can never remember what a crotchet is in US parlance.”
“Consecutives on successive minim beats are similarly broken by the intervention of a crotchet if it is a harmony note; not otherwise.”
“I told KC my plan of her teaching me to crotchet baby booties.”
“Example: Suppose you have a song at 144 BPM and you want to have the equivalent of a quarter note a crotchet for those in the UK of pause somewhere in the middle of the song.”
“For all of these areas, choose the eighth/quaver or quarter/crotchet note after the intended pause and record its “Current Second” on a notepad.”
“From the interpretation (that is the subject of this post) we have, in those two bars: the brasses starting pp and making a crescendo to f; and the harps always playing p (but they start on the third crotchet of the first bar).”
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