Crotchet


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.

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  • 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.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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

  • Crotchet — Crotch et, v. i. To play music in measured time. [Obs.] Donne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crotchet — (engl., spr. króttschett), Viertelnote …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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

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

  • crotchet — *caprice, freak, fancy, whim, whimsy, conceit, vagary …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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