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 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, "You Just Purchased a Handgun for Personal Defense, Now What?," 1 July 2020 Our makeshift group increased our pace a half step quicker. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "A Peaceful Protest, Cut Short by Police, in Houston with George Floyd’s Family," 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, "For Hopkins’ basketball phenom Paige Bueckers, ‘The sky is the limit’," 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, "America’s biggest meat companies want to sell you “blended meat” products," 15 June 2019 Dr Hildebrandt’s work is thus a half step along what is likely to be a very long road indeed. The Economist, "IVF may bring northern white rhinos back from the brink of extinction," 4 July 2018 After crunching the data, the team found that on average the voice pitch of new mothers dropped by more than 5 percent, or the equivalent of a half step on the piano. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "It’s True—After Giving Birth, Women’s Voices Temporarily Drop," 1 June 2018 Then in the sixth inning, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman took away a hit from Mancini, backhanding a ball deep down the third-base line and throwing from foul territory to get Mancini be a half step. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Inside-the-park flub just the beginning of rough night for Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini," 4 Apr. 2018 The elimination of the half step that produces a lesser bucket of revenue represents a two-fold win for publishers and songwriters in that previously the 80 cents per subscriber bucket always won out as the lesser pool. Ed Christman, Billboard, "CRB Outlines Plans to Implement Simplified, Higher Streaming Royalty Rates," 29 Jan. 2018

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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 28 Oct. 2020.

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