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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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
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- 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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