crotchet

  • 1 crotchet — late 14c., crocket, later small hook (early 15c.), from O.Fr. crochet (pronounced crotchet ) hook (see CROCHET (Cf. crochet)). As a surgical instrument, from 1750. Figurative use in musical notation is from mid 15c., from the shape of the notes.… …

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  • 2 Crotchet — Crotch et (kr?ch ?t; 224), n. [F. crochet, prop., a little hook, a dim. from the same source as croc hook. See {Crook}, and cf. {Crochet}, {Crocket}, {Crosier}.] 1. A forked support; a crotch. [1913 Webster] The crotchets of their cot in columns… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Crotchet — Crotch et, v. i. To play music in measured time. [Obs.] Donne. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Crotchet — (engl., spr. króttschett), Viertelnote …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 5 crotchet — index obsession Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 Crotchet —   [englisch, krɔtʃɪt], im britischen Englisch Bezeichnung für Viertelnote (im amerikanischen Englisch quarter note) …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 7 crotchet — *caprice, freak, fancy, whim, whimsy, conceit, vagary …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 crotchet — ► NOUN 1) Music, chiefly Brit. a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreve, represented by a large solid dot with a plain stem. 2) a perverse or unfounded belief or notion. ORIGIN Old French crochet little hook …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 crotchet — [kräch′it] n. [ME & OFr crochet, dim. < croc, hook: see CROSIER] 1. Archaic a) a small hook b) a hooklike part or device 2. [< sense “hooked, twisted”] a peculiar whim or stubborn notion 3. Chiefly Brit …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 crotchet — UK [ˈkrɒtʃɪt] / US [ˈkrɑtʃət] noun [countable] Word forms crotchet : singular crotchet plural crotchets music British a musical note that is a quarter of the length of a semibreve …

    English dictionary

  • 11 crotchet — Bracket Brack et, n. [Cf. OF. braguette codpiece, F. brayette, Sp. bragueta, also a projecting mold in architecture; dim. fr. L. bracae breeches; cf. also, OF. bracon beam, prop, support; of unknown origin. Cf. {Breeches}.] [1913 Webster] 1.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 12 Crotchet — Leafy decorations or curls, e.g. on the top of capitals or other surfaces, often in high relief. These are very distinctive of Gothic architecture, so called for their likeness to a crotchet = a hook …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 13 crotchet — [[t]krɒ̱tʃɪt[/t]] crotchets N COUNT A crotchet is a musical note that has a time value equal to two quavers. [mainly BRIT] (in AM, use quarter note) …

    English dictionary

  • 14 crotchet — noun Etymology: Middle English crochet, from Anglo French crochet, croket more at crocket Date: 14th century 1. obsolete a. a small hook or hooked instrument b. brooch 2. a. a highly …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 crotchet — n. [F. crochet, small hook] 1. A hooked or forklike process. 2. (ANNELIDA) A curved seta (chaeta), notched at the distal ends. 3. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) see crochet …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 16 crotchet — /kroch it/, n. 1. an odd fancy or whimsical notion. 2. a small hook. 3. a hooklike device or part. 4. Entomol. a small, hooklike process. 5. Music. Chiefly Brit. a quarter note. See illus. under note. 6. a curved surgical instrument with a sharp… …

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  • 17 crotchet — 1. noun a) A musical note one beat long in 4/4 time. Thou who walkest in a vain shew, looking out with ornamental dilettante sniff and serene supremacy at all Life and all Death; and amblest jauntily; perking up thy poor talk into crotchets, thy… …

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  • 18 crotchet — Synonyms and related words: L, accidental, angle, apex, bee, bend, bifurcation, bight, boutade, brainstorm, breve, cant, capriccio, caprice, chevron, coin, conceit, corner, crank, craze, crazy idea, crook, deflection, demisemiquaver, dogleg,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 crotchet — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. whim, quirk, eccentricity; see caprice , quirk . See Synonym Study at caprice …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 crotchet — crotch|et [ˈkrɔtʃıt US ˈkra: ] n BrE a musical note which continues for a quarter of the length of a ↑semibreve American Equivalent: quarter note →↑minim, quaver ↑quaver …

    Dictionary of contemporary English