American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music See semitone.
- n. A marching step of 15 inches (38 centimeters) at quick time and 18 inches (46 centimeters) at double time.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a semitone. See semitone, step, and tone.
- n. music, US An interval of which there are seven in a fifth or twelve in an octave, consisting of two tones whose frequency ratio is about 1.059 or 18/17.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) a semitone; the smallest difference of pitch or interval, used in music.
- n. the musical interval between adjacent keys on a keyboard instrument
“Perry Werden needed to take only a half step to record the out.”
“Customers were starting to swarm the bar — Negro men in modified zoot suits, their women a half step behind, all made up and done up to look like Lena Horne.”
“To ease the strain on our arms and foreheads, we took turns walking one half step ahead of each other so at least one of us could make it to the DFAC, the chow hall, in peace.”
“Then he shifted his weight from one foot to the other, stammered something that sounded like, “Er wellah,” and took a half step backward.”
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