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crotchet

1. Music a note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreve
2. Zoology a small notched or hooked process, as in an insect
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crotchet

Obsolete term for crocket.
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The Court of Peeves, Crotchets & Irks resumes its winter assizes with a motion from Jane Williams of Buffalo for a ban on "seems like." The motion has been hopefully granted before and will be forlornly granted again.
Crotchets in simple time can be represented as 'tea tea' (L).
By the time I got to senior school we were being forced to read crotchets and quavers by a fearsome music teacher, putting them to regular use for the delight and delectation -- sort of -- of parents at prize giving ceremonies.
Or are these angels just notes of music: Semibreves, crotchets, quavers Somehow come alive?
The exhibition became a truly phenomenological experience and the vocabulary of the abstract tradition found itself revived in the image of these metal crotchets, platforms, and lengths of rubber motorized and mounted on rollers, which, in the course of their displacements, established an endless number of possible configurations, a multitude of drawings in space.
Furthermore, not all American readers will be conversant with t he terminology for rhythmic values ("quavers," "crotchets," etc.) used throughout the text.
She reveals few tabloid-style secrets about their marriage (he insisted on twin beds), but she does enlighten those balletomanes who may have been wondering about his working habits, personality, and crotchets (he thought The Red Shoes silly and found Massine's performance particularly annoying).
Minor changes include somewhat longer music examples, omission of some mentions of other works of Brahms and specifically British comment ('our own Vaughan Williams' becomes 'Vaughan Williams'), along with alteration of spelling to American usage - though the crotchets and quavers survive.
However, every instructor in the course of time builds up his own set of crotchets and pet peeves which he cannot readily forego when looking at someone else's work.
But as he read, re-read and wrote countless essays and dissertations, floating musical crotchets and quavers danced cartoon-like up the street and into his bedroom window in Milwaukee.
"No!" The words were difficult to fit to the crotchets. He demonstrated by speaking the line to the rhythm and note values of the music.