half definition

  • noun:
    • 1 of 2 equal components that together constitute an entire.
    • One component more or less equal to the rest of the part.
    • casual A 50-cent piece.
    • Sports one of several two playing times into which particular games are split.
    • Sports A halfback.
    • Chiefly British A school term; a semester.
    • 30 minutes: a half past one.
    • One of two equal components into which something are split, or considered as divided; — occasionally followed closely by of; as, a half of an apple.
    • half a standard measure; frequently employed (UK) for one half a pint of beer or cider.
    • The small fraction gotten by dividing 1 by 2.
    • component; part; part
    • Part; side; behalf.
    • 1 of 2 equal components into which such a thing might divided, or thought to be divided; -- often accompanied by of.
    • A side; part.
    • component; behalf; account; sake.
    • One of two equal elements of whatever is divisible, or that may be regarded as divisible; a moiety: not often followed closely by of unless preceded by a qualifying term: as, half the miseries or pleasures of life; one half a pound; half an orange; the one half, half, or perhaps the partner of an orange.
    • Among schoolboys in The united kingdomt, a session; the definition of between holidays: a contraction of half-year. Often there are three “halves” around.
    • In foot-ball, a half-back. See back, n., 12.
    • one of two divisions into which some games or shows are split: the 2 divisions are divided by an interval
    • 1 of 2 equal components of a divisible entire
  • adjective:
    • Being 1 of 2 equal parts.
    • becoming around a half.
    • Partial or partial: gave me a half laugh.
    • Consisting of a moiety, or 1 / 2 (1/2, 50percent).
    • Consisting of some indefinite section resembling a half; around a half, whether just about; partial; imperfect.
    • Having one mother or father (without two) in keeping.
    • relevant through one typical grandparent or ancestor in place of two.
    • 30 minutes following the time provided; half last.
    • comprising a moiety, or half
    • comprising some long section resembling a half; about a half, whether just about; partial; imperfect
    • partial
    • (of siblings) related through one mother or father only
    • composed of 1 of 2 comparable components in price or quantity
  • adverb:
    • on degree of precisely or almost 50 percent: The container is half bare.
    • perhaps not entirely or adequately; partly: just half right.
    • in 2 equal components or to an equal degree; in some part approximating a half; partly; imperfectly
    • In an equal part or level; in a few part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly.
    • partially or to the level of a half
  • idiom:
    • by one half By a considerable level.
    • by one half By too much: also smart by one half.
    • by halves In a reluctant manner; unenthusiastically.
    • many One-and-a-half times more; 50 % more.
    • in two Into halves.
    • not half Not at all: "Fancy housing? Perhaps Not half likely, ma'am” ( Russell Baker).
    • perhaps not the half of just a fraction or a tiny part of.
  • verb:
    • To halve.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To halve. [Obs.] See halve.
  • others:
    • Being one of two equal parts; comprising a moiety: as, a half share in an enterprise; a half admission in a lottery.
    • To divide into halves; halve; for this reason, loosely, to separate your lives into elements of any general size.
    • In the same component or degree; by 1 / 2; ergo, in part; to some degree: much utilized in structure, and often indefinite: as, half-baked; half-dead; half-educated; half-starved.
    • An erroneous kind of haft.

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