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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Note that only crotchet rhythm is given to the strings.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  7. (Gunnery) A figure determined by firing a projectile beyond a target and another short of it, as a basis for ascertaining the proper elevation of the piece; -- only used in the phrase, to establish a bracket. After the bracket is established shots are fired with intermediate elevations until the exact range is obtained. In the United States navy it is called fork.

    Bracket light, a gas fixture or a lamp attached to a wall, column, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "crocket," later "small hook" (early 15c.), from Old French crochet (pronounced "crotchet") "hook" (see crochet). As a surgical instrument, from 1750. Figurative use in musical notation is from mid-15c., from the shape of the notes. Meaning "whimsical fancy" is from 1570s; perhaps from the same mechanical image in crank; but other authorities link this sense to the musical notation one.


n. 1 (context music English) A musical note one beat long in 4/4 time. 2 A sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook (obsolete except in crochet hook). 3 (context archaic English) a whim or a fancy 4 A forked support; a crotch. 5 (context military historical English) An indentation in the glacis of the covered way, at a point where a traverse is placed. 6 (context military English) 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. 7 (context printing English) A bracket. vb. 1 to make needlework by looping thread with a hooked needle; to crochet 2 (context obsolete English) to play music in measured time

  1. n. 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

Usage examples of "crotchet".

Shortly after, Miss Crotchet and Lady Clarinda, who had breakfasted by themselves, made their appearance at the same spot, hanging each on an arm of Lord Bossnowl, who very much preferred their company to that of the philosophers, though he would have preferred the company of the latter, or any company to his own.

The interchange of salutations between Lady Clarinda and the Captain was accompanied with an amiable confusion on both sides, in which the observant eyes of Miss Crotchet seemed to read the recollection of an affair of the heart.

The Captain took his portfolio under his right arm, his camp stool in his right hand, offered his left arm to Lady Clarinda, and followed at a reasonable distance behind Miss Crotchet and Lord Bossnowl, contriving, in the most natural manner possible, to drop more and more into the rear.

Crotchet would give his arm to Lady Clarinda, an arrangement with which the Captain could not interfere.

Miss Crotchet at the piano, Lady Clarinda at the harp, playing and occasionally singing, at the suggestion of Mr.

Miss Crotchet had become Lady Bossnowl, but Lady Clarinda had not yet changed her name to Crotchet.

He asked for greenbacks, and took them, saying the man in Mexico was a New-Englander, with a head full of crotchets, and preferred greenbacks to gold or drafts.

Margaret knew Ivor, his moods and crotchets, and this was just not like him.

Crotchet, in the act of accepting an invitation, for himself, and any friends who might be with him, to pass their Christmas Day at Chainmail Hall, after the fashion of the twelfth century.

The party which was assembled on Christmas Day in Chainmail Hall comprised all the guests of Crotchet Castle, some of Mr.

No man can claim to usurp more than a few cubic feet of the audibilities of a public room, or to put upon the company with the loud statement of his crotchets or personalities.

To everyone else, Henry presented the kayak as a hobby, a sportman’s hobby, and they bought this explanation the way they bought Henry himself, as a one-in-a-million fella with a talent for ballplaying and a caboodle of crotchets.

The Conforming United Wee Free Kirk had its crotchets in the area of reproductive rights.

Or do you forget that she, and she alone, could go against the compulsion that the Crotchets have set in our intelligence?

A common front, even with humans against the Crotchets, the evil traitorous spiny rogues.