hemidemisemiquaver

noun
hemi·demi·semi·qua·ver | \ ˌhe-mi-ˌde-mi-ˈse-mi-ˌkwā-vər \

Definition of hemidemisemiquaver 

Did You Know?

Hemidemisemiquavers are the fastest musical notes that are commonly played, and performing them well can stretch human technique to its limit. The term is mainly used in Britain, where eighth notes are called "quavers," sixteenth notes are called "semiquavers," and thirty-second notes are called "demisemiquavers." In the United States, "hemidemisemiquaver" is likely to be used humorously, occurring especially as a clever substitute for "moment" or "bit," as in "the concert ended not a hemidemisemiquaver too soon."

First Known Use of hemidemisemiquaver

1853, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hemidemisemiquaver

Share hemidemisemiquaver

Listen to Our Podcast about hemidemisemiquaver

Statistics for hemidemisemiquaver

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hemidemisemiquaver

The first known use of hemidemisemiquaver was in 1853

See more words from the same year

Comments on hemidemisemiquaver

What made you want to look up hemidemisemiquaver? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make amends

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!