Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Half \Half\ (h[aum]f), a. [AS. healf, half, half; as a noun, half, side, part; akin to OS., OFries., & D. half, G. halb, Sw. half, Dan. halv, Icel. h[=a]lfr, Goth. halbs. Cf. Halve, Behalf.]
Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view.
Note: The adjective and noun are often united to form a compound.
Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge. Assumed from thence a half consent. --Tennyson. Half ape (Zo["o]l.), a lemur. Half back. (Football) See under 2d Back. Half bent, the first notch, for the sear point to enter, in the tumbler of a gunlock; the halfcock notch. Half binding, a style of bookbinding in which only the back and corners are in leather. Half boarder, one who boards in part; specifically, a scholar at a boarding school who takes dinner only. Half-breadth plan (Shipbuilding), a horizontal plan of one half a vessel, divided lengthwise, showing the lines. Half cadence (Mus.), a cadence on the dominant. Half cap, a slight salute with the cap. [Obs.] --Shak. At half cock, the position of the cock of a gun when retained by the first notch. Half hitch, a sailor's knot in a rope; half of a clove hitch. Half hose, short stockings; socks. Half measure, an imperfect or weak line of action. Half note (Mus.), a minim, one half of a semibreve. Half pay, half of the wages or salary; reduced pay; as, an officer on half pay. Half price, half the ordinary price; or a price much reduced. Half round.
(Arch.) A molding of semicircular section.
(Mech.) Having one side flat and the other rounded; -- said of a file.
Half shift (Mus.), a position of the hand, between the open position and the first shift, in playing on the violin and kindred instruments. See Shift.
Half step (Mus.), a semitone; the smallest difference of pitch or interval, used in music.
Half tide, the time or state of the tide equally distant from ebb and flood.
Half time, half the ordinary time for work or attendance; as, the half-time system.
Half tint (Fine Arts), a middle or intermediate tint, as in drawing or painting. See Demitint.
Half truth, a statement only partially true, or which gives only a part of the truth.
Half year, the space of six months; one term of a school when there are two terms in a year.
Half \Half\ (h[aum]f), n.; pl. Halves (h[aum]vz). [AS. healf. See Half, a.]
Part; side; behalf. [Obs.]
The four halves of the house.
One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; -- sometimes followed by of; as, a half of an apple.
Not half his riches known, and yet despised.
A friendship so complete Portioned in halves between us.
Better half. See under Better.
In one's half or On one's half, in one's behalf; on one's part. [Obs.]
To cry halves, to claim an equal share with another.
To go halves, to share equally between two.
Half \Half\, v. t.
To halve. [Obs.] See Halve.
--Sir H. Wotton.
Half \Half\, adv.
In an equal part or degree; in some part approximating a
half; partially; imperfectly; as, half-colored, half done,
half-hearted, half persuaded, half conscious. ``Half loth and
Their children spoke halfin the speech of Ashdod.
--Neh. xiii. 24.
1 Consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%). 2 Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect. 3 (context of a sibling English) Having one parent (rather than two) in common. 4 (context rare, of a relative other than a sibling English) Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two. 5 (context UK time English) Half an hour after the time given; half past. adv. In two equal parts or to an equal degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly n. 1 one of two usually roughly equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; — sometimes followed by of; as, a '''half''' of an apple. 2 # (context sports English) One of the two opposite parts of the playing field of various sports, in which each starts the game. prep. (lb en UK Ireland) a half-hour after, thirty minutes after (qualifier: used with the number of the hour) v
(lb en transitive obsolete) To halve.
Half may refer to:
- Halves, an Irish post-rock band
- One half, an irreducible fraction resulting from dividing one by two.
- Halving, the operation of division by two.
- Other half, an affectionate term for a member of an intimate relationship.
- half.com, a website ran by eBay that sells books, movies, video games, music, etc. with a different way in which the buyers/sellers do business (see the article for more reasonable explanation)
- "A half", a half pint of an alcoholic beverage, typically beer, ale and similar.
- A half precision floating point representation in computer sciences.
- HALF may also refer to the Mitch Albom book, Have a Little Faith
- "Half" a song by Soundgarden on the album Superunknown
adj. consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity; "a half chicken"; "lasted a half hour" [syn: half(a)]
partial; "gave me a half smile"; "he did only a half job" [syn: half(a)]
(of siblings) related through one parent only; "a half brother"; "half sister" [ant: whole]
[also: halves (pl)]
adv. partially or to the extent of a half; "he was half hidden by the bushes"
[also: halves (pl)]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English half, halb (Mercian), healf (W. Saxon) "side, part," not necessarily of equal division (original sense preserved in behalf), noun, adjective, and adverb all in Old English, from Proto-Germanic *halbas "something divided" (cognates: Old Saxon halba, Old Norse halfr, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch half, German halb, Gothic halbs "half"), perhaps from PIE (s)kel- (1) "to cut."\n
\nUsed also in Old English phrases, as in modern German, to mean "one half unit less than," for example þridda healf "two and a half," literally "half third." The construction in two and a half, etc., is first recorded c.1200. Of time, in half past ten, etc., first attested 1750; in Scottish, the half often is prefixed to the following hour (as in German, halb elf = "ten thirty"). To go off half-cocked "speak or act too hastily" (1833) is in allusion to firearms going off prematurely.
Usage examples of "half".
So they abode there but two days, and on the third day were led away by a half score of men gaily apparelled after their manner, and having with them many sumpter-beasts with provision for the road.
The carles looked askance at one another, but straightway opened the gates, and Ralph and his company went forth, and abode the new-comers on a little green mound half a bowshot from the Castle.
A swarm of birds-gulls and ternswas wheeling over half an acre of water that seemed to be aboil with living things.
At night he has my watch, passport, and half my money, and I often wonder what would become of me if he absconded before morning.
He publicly chastised the cardinals for absenteeism, luxury, and lascivious life, forbade them to hold or sell plural benefices, prohibited their acceptance of pensions, gifts of money, and other favors from secular sources, ordered the papal treasurer not to pay them their customary half of the revenue from benefices but to use it for the restoration of churches in Rome.
Each time he returned to the car, he half expected the girl to be gone, but she sat quietly holding the baby and absently stared toward infinity.
When the tentacles do not begin moving for a much longer time, namely, from half an hour to three or four hours, the particles have been slowly brought into contact with the glands, either by the secretion being absorbed by the particles or by its gradual spreading over them, together with its consequent quicker evaporation.
Three and a half days later the enemy raced past Zanshaa without firing a missile at Sula or anyone else, and accelerated on a path for the Vandrith gas giant.
Tooe, its wasteful, almost pretentious insistence on nonexistent acceleration, with almost half her space sacrificed to a cramped up-down orientation.
Then that deranged half split down the middle and I became suddenly and mortally certain that Valerie had asked me to pilot the shoot as some sort of test, and that her selection of Acer was to let me know that I had missed my last chance to recapture her.
I suggested that people ignore the Panadol ads because they could buy store-brand acetaminophen for half as much.
Next add a strong solution of sodium acetate, until the solution ceases to darken on further addition, then dilute with water to half a litre.
In the case of ferric salts, half the quantity of acetic acid will be better, as then the ferric iron will be precipitated, and a colourless solution will be left, in which the end reaction is more readily distinguished.
Cover with salted and acidulated water, bring to the boil, simmer for half an hour, drain, garnish with lemon and parsley, and serve with a parsley sauce.
Clean and trim a striped bass and simmer half an hour in salted and acidulated water to cover.