half step


Definition of half step

1 : a walking step of 15 inches or in double time of 18 inches
2 : a musical interval (such as E-F or B-C) equivalent to ¹/₁₂ of an octave

called also semitone

Examples of half step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Count’s first Contessa, perdono concludes by relaxing a half step downward from the tonic, G, to F-sharp. Matthew Aucoin, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 The lowly Diamondbacks pulled ahead in the fifth, San Francisco kept stranding runners and the Dodgers, a half step behind the Giants in the division, were wrapping up a win. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 July 2021 Avisaíl García's high chopper up the middle eluded a leaping Bummer and was good enough to score Wong, with García being thrown out at first by a half step on a nice charging play by second baseman Leury García. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 July 2021 This Thursday San Francisco took a half step — a later curfew, indoor events, larger gatherings — as vaccinations continued apace and health officials monitored viral trends. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Apr. 2021 Your feet should be positioned approximately shoulder-width apart, with your non-firing foot a half step forward of your firing foot. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, 1 July 2020 Our makeshift group increased our pace a half step quicker. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 4 June 2020 Bueckers lofts a pass over the top of the defense and drops it perfectly to her lead teammate, who had maybe a half step on the nearest defender. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 22 Nov. 2019 The world’s second largest meat company is moving a half step away from its age-old products by introducing a new line of ground beef that’s 50% ground beef and 50% plant-based. Chase Purdy, Quartz, 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of half step

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Half step.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20step. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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