Found 2 items, similar to half step.
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Definition: half step
n : the musical interval between adjacent keys on a keyboard
instrument [syn: semitone
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Definition: Half step
(h[aum]f), a. [AS. healf, half, half; as a noun,
half, side, part; akin to OS., OFries., & D. half, G. halb,
Sw. half, Dan. halv, Icel. h[=a]lfr, Goth. halbs. Cf.
1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half
hour; a half dollar; a half view.
Note: The adjective and noun are often united to form a
2. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half;
approximately a half, whether more or less; partial;
imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge.
Assumed from thence a half consent. --Tennyson.
(Zo["o]l.), a lemur.
. (Football) See under 2d Back
, the first notch, for the sear point to enter, in
the tumbler of a gunlock; the halfcock notch.
, a style of bookbinding in which only the back
and corners are in leather.
, one who boards in part; specifically, a
scholar at a boarding school who takes dinner only.
(Shipbuilding), a horizontal plan of one
half a vessel, divided lengthwise, showing the lines.
(Mus.), a cadence on the dominant.
, a slight salute with the cap. [Obs.] --Shak.
At half cock
, the position of the cock of a gun when
retained by the first notch.
, a sailor's knot in a rope; half of a clove
, short stockings; socks.
, an imperfect or weak line of action.
(Mus.), a minim, one half of a semibreve.
, half of the wages or salary; reduced pay; as, an
officer on half pay.
, half the ordinary price; or a price much
(a) (Arch.) A molding of semicircular section.
(b) (Mech.) Having one side flat and the other rounded; --
said of a file.
(Mus.), a position of the hand, between the open
position and the first shift, in playing on the violin and
kindred instruments. See Shift
(Mus.), a semitone; the smallest difference of
pitch or interval, used in music.
, the time or state of the tide equally distant
from ebb and flood.
, half the ordinary time for work or attendance;
as, the half-time system.
(Fine Arts), a middle or intermediate tint, as in
drawing or painting. See Demitint
, a statement only partially true, or which gives
only a part of the truth. --Mrs. Browning.
, the space of six months; one term of a school
when there are two terms in a year.
, n. [AS. st[ae]pe. See Step
, v. i.]
1. An advance or movement made by one removal of the foot; a
2. A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in
ascending or descending, as a stair, or a round of a
The breadth of every single step or stair should be
never less than one foot. --Sir H.
3. The space passed over by one movement of the foot in
walking or running; as, one step is generally about three
feet, but may be more or less. Used also figuratively of
any kind of progress; as, he improved step by step, or by
To derive two or three general principles of motion
from phenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the
properties and actions of all corporeal things
follow from those manifest principles, would be a
very great step in philosophy. --Sir I.
4. A small space or distance; as, it is but a step.
5. A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
6. Gait; manner of walking; as, the approach of a man is
often known by his step.
7. Proceeding; measure; action; an act.
The reputation of a man depends on the first steps
he makes in the world. --Pope.
Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day,
Live till to-morrow, will have passed away.
I have lately taken steps . . . to relieve the old
gentleman's distresses. --G. W. Cable.
8. pl. Walk; passage.
Conduct my steps to find the fatal tree. --Dryden.
9. pl. A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in
reaching to a high position.
10. (Naut.) In general, a framing in wood or iron which is
intended to receive an upright shaft; specif., a block of
wood, or a solid platform upon the keelson, supporting
the heel of the mast.
(a) One of a series of offsets, or parts, resembling the
steps of stairs, as one of the series of parts of a
cone pulley on which the belt runs.
(b) A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle
or a vertical shaft revolves.
12. (Mus.) The intervak between two contiguous degrees of the
Note: The word tone is often used as the name of this
interval; but there is evident incongruity in using
tone for indicating the interval between tones. As the
word scale is derived from the Italian scala, a ladder,
the intervals may well be called steps.
13. (Kinematics) A change of position effected by a motion of
translation. --W. K. Clifford.
14. (Fives) At Eton College, England, a shallow step dividing
the court into an inner and an outer portion.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
, Half step
, etc. See under Back
, a form of grate for holding fuel, in which the
bars rise above one another in the manner of steps.
To take steps
, to take action; to move in a matter.