from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of two equal parts that together constitute a whole.
- n. One part approximately equal to the remaining part.
- n. Informal A 50-cent piece.
- n. Sports One of the two playing periods into which certain games are divided.
- n. Sports A halfback.
- n. Chiefly British A school term; a semester.
- n. Half an hour: a half past one.
- adj. Being one of two equal parts.
- adj. Being approximately a half.
- adj. Partial or incomplete: gave me a half smile.
- adv. To the extent of exactly or nearly 50 percent: The tank is half empty.
- adv. Not completely or sufficiently; partly: only half right.
- idiom by half By a considerable extent.
- idiom by half By an excessive amount: too clever by half.
- idiom by halves In a reluctant manner; unenthusiastically.
- idiom many One-and-a-half times more; 50 percent more.
- idiom in half Into halves.
- idiom not half Not at all: "Fancy housing? Not half likely, ma'am” ( Russell Baker).
- idiom not the half of Only a fraction or a small part of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%).
- adj. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.
- adj. Having one parent (rather than two) in common.
- adj. Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.
- adj. 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. 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.
- n. Half of a standard measure; frequently used (UK) for half a pint of beer or cider.
- n. The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.
- n. part; side; behalf
- v. To halve.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Consisting of a moiety, or half
- adj. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect
- adv. In an equal part or degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly.
- n. Part; side; behalf.
- n. One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; -- sometimes followed by of.
- transitive v. To halve. [Obs.] See halve.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being one of two equal parts; consisting of a moiety: as, a half share in an enterprise; a half ticket in a lottery.
- n. A side; a part.
- n. Part; behalf; account; sake.
- n. One of two equal parts of anything that is divisible, or that may be regarded as divisible; a moiety: usually not followed by of unless preceded by a qualifying word: as, half the miseries or pleasures of life; half a pound; half an orange; the half, one half, or the other half of an orange.
- n. Among schoolboys in England, a session; the term between vacations: a contraction of half-year. Sometimes there are three “halves” in the year.
- n. In foot-ball, a half-back. See back, n., 12.
- To divide into halves; halve; hence, loosely, to separate into parts of any relative size.
- In an equal part or degree; by half; hence, in part; to some extent: much used in composition, and often indefinite: as, half-baked; half-dead; half-educated; half-starved.
- An erroneous form of haft.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. partial
- n. one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
- adv. partially or to the extent of a half
- adj. (of siblings) related through one parent only
- adj. consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity
- n. one of two equal parts of a divisible whole
Yes Fr Guy's leaving his up until the Baptism of Our Lord..ours are half up..half down!
'Only half so good, Mr. Kirke,' rejoined the black, showing a set of teeth which a dentist might have used for a door plate; 'only _half_ so good,' case I'se only half white.
What say you, then, to the fact, that whilst the outer half is devoted to an advertisement of Mr Reprint's imitative publications, the _better half_ contains a bold and faithful warning against such piracy!
At the end of the three and a half years (_half_ of the covenant time) he orders the Sacrifice to cease in the Temple at
I mind one super-tunic she gave me, but half worn, "-- this was said impressively, for a garment only _half worn_ was considered a fit gift from one peeress to another --" of blue damask, all set with silver buttons, and broidered with ladies 'heads along the border.
Thus when we consider the unexplored basilar and interior regions, and that half of its exterior surface which was erroneously appropriated to the thirty-five organs, as well as the erroneous location of several, we perceive that _more than half_ of the organs and functions of the brain remained for investigation.
If I had a financial institute and was able to borrow £10 Billion from the B O E at a half% interest and then loaned half to another bank at say 5. 5% and the other half to Business customers at say 14% over a 12 month period how much profit would I make?
Half our heart is here, half there; our need and ache are severed from their help and answer; the tender blue waits far off for the eager, asking red; yet just as surely as His light shines on, and our life moves under it, so surely, across whatever gulf, the beauty shall all be one again; so surely does it even now move all together, perfect and close always under His eye, who never sends a _half_ ray anywhere.
The owners of the hackeries were expected to purchase bhoosa and other fodder for their bullocks at the market price; but they took what they required without payment, in _collusion with_ the officers under whom they were employed, or in _spite_ of them; and the Oude Government in 1845 cut the allowance down to seventeen rupees and half, out of which _three rupees and half_ are cut for perquisites, leaving fourteen rupees for the hackeries: and their owners and drivers have the free privilege of helping themselves to bhoosa and other fodder wherever they can find them.
And you'll let me have tea for them, -- just bread and butter and a bun, -- it will cost not half as much as my new dress this week, not _half_ as much -- "