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Meaning of half by Wiktionary Dictionary

half


    Etymology

    Old English healf ( 'half' ); as a noun, 'half', 'side', 'part'; akin to Old Saxon, Old Friesian, and Dutch half, German halb, Swedish half, Danish halv, Icelandic hālfr and Gothic ���������� ( halbs ). Compare halve, behalf .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /hɑːf/, X-SAMPA: /hA:f/
    Rhymes: -ɑːf
    • ( US ) IPA: /hæf/, X-SAMPA: /h{f/

    Adjective

    half ( not comparable )

    1. Consisting of a moiety, or half ( 1/2, 50% ) .
      a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view
    2. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect .
      a half dream; half knowledge
    3. ( of a sibling ) Having one parent ( rather than two ) in common .
      A half brother or half sister
    4. ( rare, of a relative other than a sibling ) Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two .
      A half uncle or half aunt or half cousin

    Usage notes

    Synonyms

    • ( consisting of a moiety, or half ): hemi-, semi-, demi-

    Adverb

    half ( not comparable )

    1. In two equal parts or to an equal degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly
      half-colored; half done; half-hearted; half persuaded; half conscious

    Noun

    half ( plural: halves )

    1. 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 .
      You don't know the half of it .
      1. ( sports ) One of the two opposite parts of the playing field of various sports, in which each starts the game .
    2. Half of a standard measure; frequently used ( UK ) for half a pint of beer or cider.
    3. ( preceded by “a” or a number ) The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2 .
      Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half .
    4. ( obsolete ) part; side; behalf

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    See also

    See also

    • half in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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    Preposition

    half-

    1. A prefix used before brother, sister, uncle, aunt, and so forth, to indicate that the person being identified is related only through one parent, grandparent, and so forth, rather than two .
    2. A prefix used to indicate that something is just half or done half, and therefore not total or fully done .

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Definition of half by GCIDE Dictionary

half


  1. Half ( häf ), a. [AS. healf, half, half; as a noun, half, side, part; akin to OS., OFries., & D. half, G. halb, Sw. half, Dan. halv, Icel. hālfr, Goth. halbs. Cf. Halve, Behalf.]
    1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, “a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view.”

    ☞ The adjective and noun are often united to form a compound.

    2. 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 ( Zool. ), 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. Mrs. Browning. -- Half year, the space of six months; one term of a school when there are two terms in a year.


  2. 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 half consenting.” Dryden.

    Their children spoke halfin the speech of Ashdod. Neh. xiii. 24.

  3. Half ( häf ), n.; pl. Halves ( hävz ). [AS. healf. See Half, a.]
    1. Part; side; behalf. [Obs.] Wyclif.

    The four halves of the house. Chaucer.

    2. 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. Milton.

    A friendship so complete

    Portioned in halves between us. Tennyson.

    Better half. See under Better. -- In half, in two; an expression sometimes used improperly instead of in halves or into halves; as, “to cut in half”. [Colloq.] Dickens. -- 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.

  4. Half, v. t. To halve. [Obs.] See Halve. Sir H. Wotton.