crab motion


variants or less commonly crab form
: the ordering of the notes of a musical theme or tone row in reverse order : retrograde

Word History


crab entry 3

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crab motion was in 1957

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“Crab motion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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