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half step

noun
1.
Music. semitone.
2.
Military. a step 15 inches (38 cm) long in quick time and 18 inches (46 cm) long in double time.
Origin of half step
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05
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  • Marbek took a half step forward and the muzzle swung to cover him.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • If at half step or mark time while obliquing, Oblique, March.

    Military Instructors Manual

    James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
  • The ringmaster will half step forward to catch you before you faint.

  • He staggered, made a half step backwards, and fell, while a cry went up from the crowd.

  • The stranger turned redder and redder, made a half step toward Mrs. Croydon, and then stopped.

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • The conversation seemed unnecessarily long to "Egypt," who stood by my side; about a half step in advance.

  • This gave him two major steps, and a half step somewhat too small, being equal to the ratio of 256:243.

  • She made a half step toward the handsomer and weaker man, and a half turn toward the homelier and stronger.

    A Little Traitor to the South Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • They took only a half step, for in their exultation they forgot the preceding advances in composition.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • In the third measure of the fifth line, the singer very plainly vocalizes a half step from F to E.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole

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