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.]


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.



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.


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Crotch"et, v. i.

To play music in measured time.




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