from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An odd, whimsical, or stubborn notion.
  • n. Music See quarter note.
  • n. Obsolete A small hook or hooklike structure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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. a whim or a fancy
  • v. to make needlework by looping thread with a hooked needle
  • v. to play music in measured time

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A forked support; a crotch.
  • n. 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. An indentation in the glacis of the covered way, at a point where a traverse is placed.
  • n. 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. A bracket. See Bracket.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To play music in measured time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play or sing in quick rhythm.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Middle English crochet, from Old French; see crochet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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