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crotch·et

 (krŏch′ĭt)
n.
1. An odd, whimsical, or stubborn notion.
2. Music See quarter note.
3. A small hook or hooklike structure.

[Middle English crochet, hook, quarter note, from Old French, hook; see crochet.]
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crotchet

(ˈkrɒtʃɪt)
n
1. (Music, other) music a note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreve. Usual US and Canadian name: quarter note
2. a small hook or hooklike device
3. a perverse notion
4. (Zoology) zoology a small notched or hooked process, as in an insect
[C14: from Old French crochet, literally: little hook, from croche hook; see crocket]
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crotch•et

(ˈkrɒtʃ ɪt)

n.
1. an odd fancy or whimsical notion.
2. a small hook.
3. a hooklike device or part.
[1350–1400; Middle English crochet hook, staff with hook at end < Middle French]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crotchet - a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
curve, curved shape - the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
uncus - (biology) any hook-shaped process or part
2.crotchet - a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole notecrotchet - a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
3.crotchet - a strange attitude or habit
strangeness, unfamiliarity - unusualness as a consequence of not being well known
4.crotchet - a small tool or hooklike implement
hook - a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
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Translations
عَلامَة موسيقيّـة نِصْف سَوداء
čtvrťová nota
fjerdedelsnode
negyed hangjegy
fjórîungsnóta
ketvirtinė gaida
ceturtdaļnots
štvrťová nota

crotchet

[ˈkrɒtʃɪt] N (Brit) (Mus) → negra f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

crotchet

[ˈkrɒtʃɪt] n (MUSIC)noire f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

crotchet

n
(Brit Mus) → Viertelnote f; crotchet restViertelpause f
(inf: = cross person) → Miesepeter m (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

crotchet

[ˈkrɒtʃɪt] n (Brit) (Mus) → semiminima
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

crotchet

(ˈkrotʃit) noun
in music, a note equal to half a minim.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
I mean, sir, the same ancient Catholic Church to which you and I, and Captain Peleg there, and Queequeg here, and all of us, and every mother's son and soul of us belong; the great and everlasting First Congregation of this whole worshipping world; we all belong to that; only some of us cherish some queer crotchets noways touching the grand belief; in that we all join hands.
So, having succeeded in contradicting myself in my first chapter (which gives me great hopes that you will all go on, and think me a good fellow notwithstanding my crotchets), I shall here shut up for the present, and consider my ways; having resolved to "sar' it out," as we say in the Vale, "holus bolus" just as it comes, and then you'll probably get the truth out of me.
They have always a crotchet going, till the old man with the scythe reaps and garners them away for troublesome old boys as they are.
Deane were less stern in their views, but they both of them thought Tulliver had done enough harm by his hot-tempered crotchets and ought to put them out of the question when a livelihood was offered him; Wakem showed a right feeling about the matter,-- he had no grudge against Tulliver.
Enter ye that have leisure and a quiet mind, who earnestly seek the right road." He is perhaps the sanest man and has the fewest crotchets of any I chance to know; the same yesterday and tomorrow.
Some fatalities come in certain shapes, and some in others -- but this of which I speak has come in the shape of a crotchet.'"
She will not remain orbed in a thought, but rushes into persons; and when each person, inflamed to a fury of personality, would conquer all things to his poor crotchet, she raises up against him another person, and by many persons incarnates again a sort of whole.
"The crotchets and the quavers are all being honed, no rock, no punk, no rap, each and every one of the 20 original songs in the full production are truly fit for a princess."
As a copy editor I find myself frequently asked to weigh in on an array of language peeves and crotchets: "Is it OK to use 'literally' to mean 'figuratively'?" "What about 'begs the question'?" "What do I do about supermarket signs that read 'Ten Items or Less'?" (Respectively: If I say no, is that going to stop you?
Since this book was written by a British author, references note values are in quavers, crotchets and semiquavers.
Some of his ps and gs were more like crotchets and quavers.
In music, how many crotchets equal a whole note or semibreve?