Definitions for: Crotchet


[n] a small tool or hook-like implement
[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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

The crotchets of their cot in columns rise.
--Dryden.

2. (Mus.) 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.

3. (Fort.) An indentation in the glacis of the covered way,
at a point where a traverse is placed.

4. (Mil.) 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.

5. (Print.) A bracket. See Bracket.

6. (Med.) An instrument of a hooked form, used in certain
cases in the extraction of a fetus. --Dunglison.

7. A perverse fancy; a whim which takes possession of the
mind; a conceit.

He ruined himself and all that trusted in him by
crotchets that he could never explain to any
rational man. --De Quincey.


Crotch"et, v. i.
To play music in measured time. [Obs.] --Donne.

Synonyms: hook, oddity, quarter note, queerness, quirk, quirkiness

See Also: curve, curved shape, hook, musical note, note, strangeness, tone, uncus, unfamiliarity

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