from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An odd, whimsical, or stubborn notion.
- n. Music See quarter note.
- n. Obsolete A small hook or hooklike structure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical note one beat long in 4/4 time.
- n. A sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook (obsolete except in crochet hook).
- n. a whim or a fancy
- v. to make needlework by looping thread with a hooked needle
- v. to play music in measured time
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A forked support; a crotch.
- n. 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.
- n. An indentation in the glacis of the covered way, at a point where a traverse is placed.
- n. 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.
- n. A bracket. See Bracket.
- n. An instrument of a hooked form, used in certain cases in the extraction of a fetus.
- n. A perverse fancy; a whim which takes possession of the mind; a conceit.
- intransitive v. To play music in measured time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little hook; a hook.
- n. Specifically In anatomy, the hooked anterior end of the superior occipitotemporal cerebral convolution.
- n. In entomology, a little hook-like organ or process, generally one of a series; specifically, one of the minute horny hooks on the prolegs of many caterpillars.
- n. One of the pair of marks, , used in writing and printing, now more commonly called brackets. See bracket, n., 4.
- n. A curved surgical instrument with a sharp hook, used to extract the fetus in the operation of embryotomy.
- n. In music, a note equal in length to half a minim or one fourth of a semibreve; a quarter note. See note.
- n. A piece of wood resembling a fork, used as a support in building.
- n. Milit., a peculiar arrangement of troops, in which they are drawn up in a line nearly perpendicular to the line of battle.
- n. In fortification, an indentation in the glacis of the covered way at a point where a traverse is placed.
- n. A singular opinion, especially one held by a person who has no special competency to form a correct opinion; an unusual and whimsical notion concerning a matter of fact or principle of action; a perverse or odd conceit.
- To play or sing in quick rhythm.
- n. In zoology, one of the slightly curved and notched bristles or chætæ common among Oligochæta, and serving probably as locomotor organs.
- n. Same as crocket.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strange attitude or habit
- n. a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
- n. a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
- n. a small tool or hooklike implement
Middle English crochet, from Old French; see crochet.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French crochet (‘small hook’), from croc (with diminutive suffix -et), from Old Norse krókr (‘hook’). The musical note was named so because of a small hook on its stem in black notation (in modern notation this hook is on the quaver/eighth note). (Wiktionary)