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Definition of HALF

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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 half consenting." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

           Their children spoke halfin the speech of Ashdod.
                                                    --Neh. xiii.
                                                    24. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Half \Half\ (h[aum]f), n.; pl. {Halves} (h[aum]vz). [AS. healf. See {Half}, a.]
     1. Part; side; behalf. [Obs.] --Wyclif.
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              The four halves of the house.         --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Not half his riches known, and yet despised.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              A friendship so complete
              Portioned in halves between us.       --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     {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.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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}.]
     1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The adjective and noun are often united to form a compound. [1913 Webster]

     2. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge. [1913 Webster]

              Assumed from thence a half consent.   --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     {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}.
        (a) (Arch.) A molding of semicircular section. (b) (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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Half \Half\, v. t.
     To halve. [Obs.] See {Halve}. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

74 Moby Thesaurus words for "half":
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