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Crotchet   Listen
noun
Crotchet  n.  
1.
A forked support; a crotch. "The crotchets of their cot in columns rise."
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.
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."






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"Crotchet" Quotes from Famous Books



... This is a critical matter, do you see, and if it were known in this place that your young mistress had gone away as she has done—though quite innocently—upon my honour—I think it would blast her. You would not like, for a stupid crotchet, to ...
— Wylder's Hand • J. Sheridan Le Fanu

... edge of the pelvis. The pains again ceased, the pudenda began to swell from frequent examination, the bitch began to stagger, and made frequent attempts to void her urine, with extreme difficulty in accomplishing it. I now resorted to the crotchet; and after many unsuccessful attempts, in which the superior part of the vagina must have been considerably bruised, I fixed it sufficiently firmly to draw the head into the cavity of the pelvis. Here for a while the shoulder ...
— The Dog - A nineteenth-century dog-lovers' manual, - a combination of the essential and the esoteric. • William Youatt

... Spanish grandees were shown to me by the brother sacristan, who took an honest pride in exhibiting those blessed things. Magnificent society banners, used during processions on great festivals, were subjects of intense interest to the good brother. I saw lace albs there, with crotchet work marvellously executed by hand, and adorned with brilliants. Each of these cost $1,500. The chapel of St. Placidus, attached to the church is a perfect gem with its pillars of white and gold. While in Havana, I ...
— Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886 • Various

... ground seeks but to kiss thy feet; Hark, hark, how Philomela sweetly sings! Whilst water-wanton fishes as they meet Strike crotchet time amidst these crystal springs, And Zephyrus amongst the leaves sweet murmur rings. Stay but awhile, Ph[oe]be no tell-tale is; She her Endymion, I'll my ...
— Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age • Various

... let them spy for nothing. They shall see us all stand out to sea to catch them in the open, as I said in the town-hall of Scarborough yesterday, on purpose. Everybody laughed; but I stuck to it, knowing how far the tale would go. They take it for a crotchet of mine, and will expect it, especially after they have seen us standing out; and their plans will ...
— Mary Anerley • R. D. Blackmore

... yesterday, thank you: and came out of its Envelope like a Ray of Old Times to my Eyes. I wish I had secured more leaves from that old 'Butcher's Book' torn up in old Spedding's Rooms in 1842 when the Press went to work with, I think, the Last of old Alfred's Best. But that, I am told, is only a 'Crotchet.' However, had I taken some more of the Pages that went into the Fire, after serving in part for Pipe-lights, I might have enriched others with that which AT {29} himself would scarce have grudged, jealous as he is of such ...
— Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes - Vol. II • Edward FitzGerald



Words linked to "Crotchet" :   hook, note, crotchety, tone, queerness, uncus, unfamiliarity, quirk, curved shape, curve, quirkiness, quarter note



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