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crotchet

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒtʃɪt
 
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Definition of crotchet in English:

noun

1 Music , British A note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreve or half a minim, represented by a large solid dot with a plain stem. Also called quarter note.
Example sentences
  • The process was simple: composers strictly followed the metre of the verse, setting long, accented syllables as minims, and short, unaccented ones as crotchets.
  • In this connection it is noteworthy that the violins in bars 3-4 play in dotted crotchets, the three-eight equivalent of the original dotted minims.
  • Furthermore, a comparison of the way in which crotchets and quavers are notated makes it likely that the same scribe copied both works.
2A perverse or unfounded belief or notion: the natural crotchets of inveterate bachelors
More example sentences
  • It would seem a purposeless and even cruel task to recount in some five hundred pages the cranks and crotchets of a great mind, but there is the personal Russell to be chronicled.
Synonyms
whim, whimsy, fancy, fad, vagary, notion, conceit, caprice, kink, twist, freak, fetish, passion, bent, foible, quirk, eccentricity, idiosyncrasy;
Frenchidée fixe
informal hang-up, thing
archaic megrim
rare singularity

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'hook'): from Old French crochet, diminutive of croc 'hook', from Old Norse krókr.

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