eighth note


: a musical note with the time value of ¹/₈ of a whole note see note illustration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So the first iteration of the chord progression takes about three minutes, then each variation after that gets shorter and shorter until each chord becomes only an eighth note long. oregonlive, 1 Feb. 2020 Rechtshaid added drums and moved the chorus over an eighth note, adding a backbeat. Chris Payne, Billboard, 28 June 2019 My eighth notes provided urgency, a racing pulse under the whole thing rather than the original’s sleepy conga. Marc Myers, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2018 Kal Marks, a band from Boston, plays with lurching bass lines, plodding eighth notes and similarly stripped-down drum beats set against brittle guitars and vocals that sound strained and scraped. John Adamian, courant.com, 19 May 2018 Its shape resembles that of an eighth note, and its sound has been likened to that of a theremin. Stephen J. Beard, Indianapolis Star, 24 May 2018 The British band Basement believes in the power of a saturated guitar tone and steady, insistent eighth notes. John Adamian, courant.com, 12 May 2018 The combination of openness and complexity in this music spells a certain kind of possibility: Mr. Mitchell took a solo that was almost entirely eighth notes, with nearly no rests, and still seemed to create rhythmic suspense at every turn. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2018 But even a relatively simple symbol, like an eighth note, can be drawn in so many different ways that calculating the possible variations is computationally intensive and time-consuming. Janne Lindqvist, Smithsonian, 4 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eighth note was in 1839

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“Eighth note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eighth%20note. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

eighth note


: a musical note equal in time to frac::1/8 of a whole note
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