Dictionary.com

semiquaver

[ sem-ee-kwey-ver ]
/ ˈsɛm iˌkweɪ vər /
Save This Word!

noun Music (chiefly British).

a sixteenth note.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THE 12 TYPES OF VERB TENSES!

Loosen up your grammar muscles because it’s time to test your knowledge on verb tenses!
Question 1 of 6
The verb tenses can be split into which 3 primary categories?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also called demiquaver.

Origin of semiquaver

First recorded in 1570–80; semi- + quaver
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use semiquaver in a sentence

  • From time to time a curious syncopated semiquaver figure is heard in the upper part: it may be intended to represent sobbing.

    The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
  • And as the preceding Semiquaver rang a handbell, this shaked the sprinkle with his fist.

  • The breve and the semiquaver is, we must have the descant you made upon our names, ere you depart.

British Dictionary definitions for semiquaver

semiquaver
/ (ˈsɛmɪˌkweɪvə) /

noun

music a note having the time value of one-sixteenth of a semibreveUsual US and Canadian name: sixteenth note
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK