sextuplet[seks to̵̅o̅′plit, -tup′lit; seks′tə plit]
- any of six offspring born at a single birth
- a collection or group of six, usually of one kind
- Music a group of six equal notes to be played in the same time as four of the same value would be played in the set rhythm
Origin of sextupletdiminutive of sextuple
- One of six offspring born in a single birth.
- A group or combination of six associated by common properties or behavior.
- Music A group of six notes having the time value of four notes of the same kind.
Origin of sextupletFrom sextuple (modeled on triplet).
- A group of six objects.
- One of a group of six persons or animals born from the same mother during the same birth.
- (music) A group of six notes played in the time of four.
- (music, proscribed) A group of six notes played in the time of four, with accents on the first, third and fifth notes.
- (music, proscribed) A group of six notes played in the time of four, with accents on the first and fourth notes; a double triplet.
- (music, proscribed) A group of six notes played in the time of four, with an accent only on the first note.
Some authorities (for instance, Hugo Riemann, Theodore Bacon and Franklin Tayl) consider the double triplet to be a "false sextuplet", others (for instance, Evangelos Sembos, John Stainer and William Alexander Barrett) define the sextuplet solely as the double triplet, and still others (such as Antoine Damour, Aimable Burnett, and Élie Elwart) do not differentiate between the two.