one of two equal parts of a divisible whole
"half a loaf"; "half an hour"; "a century and one half"
one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity
"a half chicken"; "lasted a half hour"
"gave me a half smile"; "he did only a half job"
(of siblings) related through one parent only
"a half brother"; "half sister"
partially or to the extent of a half
"he was half hidden by the bushes"
One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; u2014 sometimes followed by of; as, a half of an apple.
You don't know the half of it.
Half of a standard measure; frequently used for half a pint of beer or cider.
The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.
Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half.
part; side; behalf
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
Consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%).
a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view
Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.
a half dream; half knowledge
Having one parent (rather than two) in common.
A half brother or half sister
Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.
A half uncle or half aunt or half cousin
Origin: 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 03370330033B03310343 (halbs). Compare halve, behalf.
consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view
consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge
in an equal part or degree; in some pa/ appro/mating a half; partially; imperfectly; as, half-colored, half done, half-hearted, half persuaded, half conscious
part; side; behalf
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
to halve. [Obs.] See Halve
Origin: [AS. healf. See Half, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
häf, n. one of two equal parts: a contraction of half-year, as in a school session:—pl. Halves (hävz).—adj. having or consisting of one of two equal parts: being in part: incomplete, as measures.—adv. in an equal part or degree: in part: imperfectly.—v.i. to divide into two equal parts.—ns. Half′-and-half, a mixture of beer or porter and ale; Half′-back, in football, a position on the right or left side of the field, between the quarter-back and full-back, or directly behind the forwards: a player occupying this position.—adj. Half′-baked, underdone: incomplete: half-witted.—v.t. Half′-baptise′, to baptise privately and hastily.—ns. Half′-bind′ing, a style of bookbinding in which the backs and corners are of leather, and the sides of paper or cloth; Half′-blood, relation between those who are of the same father or mother, but not of both.—adj. Half′-blood′ed.—ns. Half′-board (naut.), a manœuvre by which a sailing-ship gains distance to windward by luffing up into the wind; Half′-boot, a boot reaching half-way to the knee.—adj. Half′-bound, bound only partly in leather, as a book.—n. Half′-breed, one that is half-blooded.—adj. Half′-bred, half or not well bred or trained: wanting in refinement.—ns. Half′-broth′er, Half′-sis′ter, a brother or sister by one parent only; Half′-cap (Shak.), a cap only partly taken off: a slight salute; Half′-caste, a person one of whose parents belongs to a Hindu caste, and the other is a European: any half-breed; Half′-cheek (Shak.), a face in profile; Half′-cock, the position of the cock of a gun when retained by the first notch (see Cock); Half′-crown, a silver coin in England, of the value of two shillings and sixpence.—adj. Half′-dead, almost dead, nearly exhausted.—n. Half′-doll′ar, a silver coin of the United States, worth 50 cents.—adj. Half′-done, not fully cooked, roasted, &c.—n. Half′-doz′en, six.—adjs. Half′-ed′ucated, imperfectly educated; Half′en (Spens.), half.—adv. Half′endeal (Spens.), half.—adjs. Half′-faced (Shak.), showing only part of the face: wretched-looking; Half′-heart′ed, cold, ungenerous: lukewarm: indifferent.—adv. Half′-heart′edly.—ns. Half′-heart′edness; Half′-holiday, half of a working day for recreation; Half′-kir′tle, a kind of jacket worn by women in the 16th and 17th centuries; Half&pri
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'half' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #544
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'half' in Written Corpus Frequency: #251
Rank popularity for the word 'half' in Nouns Frequency: #618
Rank popularity for the word 'half' in Adverbs Frequency: #333
The numerical value of half in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of half in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
To a very large extent he is half-lawyer, half-social activist. From a lawyer's perspective he is unprofessional, he's a controversial but impressive figure.
All I heard was like this 'pop, pop, pop, pop.' I was half asleep, half awake, and that's all I heard, and I didn't really know what it was so I just went back to sleep.
If you do not expect or see signals for significant improvements for the Asian results in the second half of the year...then it's more likely of course that the second half of the year is lower than the first half.
When I learned about Helen Keller for the first time in the fourth grade, I surmised that I am half blind and half deaf like half Helen, what better role model than to name a nonprofit after the most extraordinary woman who overcame obstacles being blind and deaf?
Regarding the famous"glass half-full or half-empty" case, I have often wondered about the full focus and total emphasis on the glass and its contents. It's possible that when the focus is on half-empty or half-full glass, it becomes too difficult to notice a full pitcher sitting right next to that half-empty or half-full glass. And if you do have a full pitcher available, then does it matter whether the glass is half-full or half-empty? Life offers you millions of opportunities besides what you already have in your hands, in real world. So it's always smart to think about and grab the full pitcher that can fill up the glass several times over, instead of getting worked up about the half-full or half-empty glass. Look for the full pitcher, and enjoy the party! Cheers!
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- палаві́на, пало́ваBelarusian
- mig, meitatCatalan, Valencian
- půlit, půl, rozpůlitCzech
- halb, HälfteGerman
- duona, duonoEsperanto
- نصف, نیمPersian
- puoleksi, puoli, puolittainen, puolikas, puolittain, puolittaa, puolet, panna puoliksi, puoliksi, puoli-Finnish
- demi, moitiéFrench
- healWestern Frisian
- lethScottish Gaelic
- ნახევარი, სანახევროდ, ნახევარ-Georgian
- نیوهونیو, نیوKurdish
- semis, dimidiumLatin
- half, helft, halverenDutch
- halvNorwegian Nynorsk
- połowa, połowić, pół-Polish
- meio, parte, metadePortuguese
- semi-, jumătate, emi-Romanian
- сторона́, пол-, наполови́ну, тайм, полу-, полови́на, почти́Russian
- metadi, meidade, meitate, midadeSardinian
- pol, polovicaSlovene
- halva, planhalva, halvlek, hälftSwedish
- yarı, yarımTurkish
- phân nửa, nửaVietnamese
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