crot·chet [crotchet crotchets] BrE [ˈkrɒtʃɪt]
NAmE [ˈkrɑːtʃɪt]
(BrE) (NAmE ˈquarter note) noun (music)
a note that lasts half as long as a half note
See also: quarter note
Word Origin:
Middle English (in the sense ‘hook’): from Old French crochet, diminutive of croc ‘hook’, from Old Norse krókr.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
Syn: hook
2. a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
Syn: quarter note
3. a strange attitude or habit
Syn: oddity, queerness, quirk, quirkiness
4. a small tool or hooklike implement

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
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.
v. i.1.To play music in measured time.

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