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. [1913 Webster]

The crotchets of their cot in columns rise. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Fort.) An indentation in the glacis of the covered way, at a point where a traverse is placed. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. (Print.) A bracket. See {Bracket}. [1913 Webster]

6. (Med.) An instrument of a hooked form, used in certain cases in the extraction of a fetus. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

7. A perverse fancy; a whim which takes possession of the mind; a conceit. [1913 Webster]

He ruined himself and all that trusted in him by crotchets that he could never explain to any rational man. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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