Melodies are often semi-sung chants, or rely heavily on repeated notes and small step and half-step intervals.
Johnnie took a half-step forward, when Hull pressed him back.
He turned around with incredible speed and took a half-step in our direction.
He makes a half-step towards the burly mass of flesh, still shaking with laughter.
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.
The steel robot took a half-step toward him, and Burckhardt involuntarily checked his stride.
The interval between the two tones may therefore be either a half-step or a whole-step.
Peter Gross took a half-step forward to restrain her, stopped, and walked slowly back to his chair.
The half-step is usually defined as "the smallest usable interval between two tones."