American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music A note having one-eighth the time value of a whole note.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In musical notation, a note having half the time-value of a quarter-note; a quaver: marked by the sign or , or, when grouped, , .
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) the eighth part of a whole note, or semibreve; a quaver.
- n. a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note
“And you can flip around an iamb so that the line begins with a little triplet, or an eighth note and a sixteenth note, which happens a lot—as in “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.””
“The iambic conductor puffs out his man chest, lifts his batoned hand up, and everybody sees the eighth note hovering there before the bar line on their music stands, and the string tremolo builds, and the mallets of the tympani blur, and the chord swells, and crests, and gets foamy at the ridge, and then the baton comes down and a big green glittering word-wave crashes down on the downbeat.”
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