Meaning of “eighth note” in the English Dictionary

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"eighth note" in British English

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eighth notenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈeɪtθ ˌnəʊt/ us /ˈeɪtθ ˌnoʊt/ US specialized UK quaver

Examples from literature

  • Every musician understands this principle: it requires longer to sing a half note than it does an eighth note. 
  • In the transcription they are indicated by the usual musical symbol,—a small eighth note with a slanting stroke through the hook. 
  • Notice how much difficulty this equal playing of the triplets occasions to the right hand, which moves in even eighth notes. 
  • We have eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, etc. Moreover, the signature of the music as indicated by the sharps or flats changes the whole situation. 
  • You observe that often there are even eighth notes in the treble, while in the bass there are even triplet eighth notes. 

(Definition of “eighth note” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"eighth note" in American English

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music a note that is typically equal to half the length of a quarter note

(Definition of “eighth note” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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