half step

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noun

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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Contemporary Examples of half-step

Historical Examples of half-step

  • He turned around with incredible speed and took a half-step in our direction.

    The Telenizer

    Don Thompson

  • Johnnie took a half-step forward, when Hull pressed him back.

    House of Torment

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • He makes a half-step towards the burly mass of flesh, still shaking with laughter.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for half-step

half-step

noun

music, US and Canadian another word for semitone
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