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crotchet


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}.] 
  1.  (Arch.)  An  architectural  member,  plain  or  ornamental, 
  projecting  from  a  wall  or  pier,  to  support  weight  falling 
  outside  of  the  same  also  a  decorative  feature  seeming  to 
  discharge  such  an  office. 
 
  Note:  This  is  the  more  general  word  See  {Brace}, 
  {Cantalever},  {Console},  {Corbel},  {Strut}. 
 
  2.  (Engin.  &  Mech.)  A  piece  or  combination  of  pieces,  usually 
  triangular  in  general  shape,  projecting  from  or  fastened 
  to  a  wall,  or  other  surface,  to  support  heavy  bodies  or 
  to  strengthen  angles. 
 
  3.  (Naut.)  A  shot,  crooked  timber,  resembling  a  knee,  used  as 
  a  support. 
 
  4.  (Mil.)  The  cheek  or  side  of  an  ordnance  carriage. 
 
  5.  (Print.)  One  of  two  characters  [],  used  to  inclose  a 
  reference,  explanation,  or  note,  or  a  part  to  be  excluded 
  from  a  sentence,  to  indicate  an  interpolation,  to  rectify 
  a  mistake,  or  to  supply  an  omission,  and  for  certain  other 
  purposes;  --  called  also  {crotchet}. 
 
  6.  A  gas  fixture  or  lamp  holder  projecting  from  the  face  of  a 
  wall,  column,  or  the  like 
 
  {Bracket  light},  a  gas  fixture  or  a  lamp  attached  to  a  wall, 
  column,  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crotchet  \Crotch"et\,  v.  i. 
  To  play  music  in  measured  time.  [Obs.]  --Donne. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  crotchet 
  n  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  hook-like  implement 




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