- Music. semitone.
- Military. a step 15 inches (38 cm) long in quick time and 18 inches (46 cm) long in double time.
Origin of half step
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for half-step
Melodies are often semi-sung chants, or rely heavily on repeated notes and small step and half-step intervals.Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’?
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He turned around with incredible speed and took a half-step in our direction.The Telenizer
Johnnie took a half-step forward, when Hull pressed him back.House of Torment
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He makes a half-step towards the burly mass of flesh, still shaking with laughter.Somehow Good
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We have also just seen that in order to represent the trot the marcher at the back had to anticipate by a half-step.
It is necessary to adopt here another method of looking at it, and to regard the preceding as being but a half-step.
- music, US and Canadian another word for semitone
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