What does half mean?

Definitions for halfhæf, hɑf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word half.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. one-half, half(noun)

    one of two equal parts of a divisible whole

    "half a loaf"; "half an hour"; "a century and one half"

  2. half(adj)

    one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval

  3. half(a)(adj)

    consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity

    "a half chicken"; "lasted a half hour"

  4. half(a)(adj)


    "gave me a half smile"; "he did only a half job"

  5. half(adverb)

    (of siblings) related through one parent only

    "a half brother"; "half sister"

  6. half(adverb)

    partially or to the extent of a half

    "he was half hidden by the bushes"


  1. half(Noun)

    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.

  2. half(Noun)

    Half of a standard measure; frequently used for half a pint of beer or cider.

  3. half(Noun)

    The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.

    Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half.

  4. half(Noun)

    part; side; behalf

  5. half(Verb)

    To halve.

  6. half(Adverb)

    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

  7. half(Adjective)

    Consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%).

    a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view

  8. half(Adjective)

    Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.

    a half dream; half knowledge

  9. half(Adjective)

    Having one parent (rather than two) in common.

    A half brother or half sister

  10. half(Adjective)

    Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.

    A half uncle or half aunt or half cousin

  11. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Half(adj)

    consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view

  2. Half(adj)

    consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge

  3. Half(adverb)

    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

  4. Half(adj)

    part; side; behalf

  5. Half(adj)

    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

  6. Half(verb)

    to halve. [Obs.] See Halve

  7. Origin: [AS. healf. See Half, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Half

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'half' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #544

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'half' in Written Corpus Frequency: #251

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'half' in Nouns Frequency: #618

  4. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'half' in Adverbs Frequency: #333


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of half in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of half in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ma Jianjun:

    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.

  2. Nita Nestman:

    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.

  3. Vopak Chief Executive Eelco Hoekstra:

    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.

  4. Chelsea Elliott:

    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?

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    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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