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Definitions of half

  1. ( of siblings) related through one parent only; " a half brother"; " half sister"
  2. one of two equal parts of a divisible whole; " half a loaf"; " half an hour"; " a century and one half"
  3. in various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval
  4. partially or to the extent of a half; " he was half hidden by the bushes"
  5. partial; " gave me a half smile"; " he did only a half job"
  6. consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity; " a half chicken"; " lasted a half hour"
  7. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view.
  8. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge.
  9. Part; side; behalf.
  10. To halve. [ Obs.] See Halve.
  11. In an equal part or degree; in some pa appromating a half; partially; imperfectly; as, half- colored, half done, half- hearted, half persuaded, half conscious.
  12. 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.
  13. One of two equal parts; a school term; in football, a half back.
  14. Equally; partly.
  15. Consisting of a half; partial; incomplete.
  16. One of two equal parts: an English schoolboys' term for a session; a contraction of half year; the term between vacations. " It's a jolly time, too, getting to the end of the half."- T. Hughes.
  17. Having or consisting of one of two equal parts: being in parts: incomplete, as measures.
  18. In an equal part or degree: in part: imperfectly.
  19. Consisting of half; being in part.
  20. In equal part; in part.
  21. One of two equal parts into which a whole is divided.
  22. To divide into halves.
  23. Having half of a standard value; partial.
  24. One of the two equal parts into which a thing is or may be divided.
  25. To the extent of a half; partially.
  26. Consisting of a half or fraction.
  27. In part, or in an equal part or degree.
  28. One of two equal parts; a moiety.
  29. The portion of a thing divided into two equal parts.
  30. In an equal part or degree.
  31. In part; equally; almost, as half- starved.
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Quotes of half

  1. Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make. – Gaston Bachelard
  2. We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40- and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20? – Arthur C. Clarke
  3. When a middle -aged man says in a moment of weariness that he is half dead, he is telling the literal truth. – Elmer Davis
  4. The much vaunted male logic isn't logical, because they display prejudices against half the human race that are considered prejudices according to any dictionary definition. – Eva Figes
  5. And much as Wine has played the Infidel, And robbed me of my Robe of Honor Well, I often wonder what the Vintners buy One half so precious as the stuff they sell. – Edward Fitzgerald
  6. You know what I would really like to do? I'd like to do a half hour drama with comedy in it. – Sharon Gless
  7. Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them. – Walter Kerr
  8. Suddenly, at about ten o'clock, a dull thud sounded somewhere far away from us, and simultaneously we saw a small white round cloud about half a mile ahead of us where the shrapnel had exploded. The battle had begun. – Fritz Kreisler
  9. I have learned as much in the last three years as in any other comparable period of my life, but with an added realisation of how little over a half century of study one has in fact managed to learn of the whole range of economic policy issues. – James Meade
  10. Even though we're a week and a half away from Thanksgiving, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. – Richard Roeper
  11. In '38, this time I did a job for Mr. Stryker. I went on his payroll at about half the salary I was getting before, to cover what he called Harvest in Ohio. – Ben Shahn
  12. The entire economy, of course, is locked in a down cycle right now. Last time we weathered this was during another Bush presidency in '90. We were locked in it for a year and a half and everyone came out of it. – David Talbot
  13. The sanity of the average banquet speaker lasts about two and a half months; at the end of that time he begins to mutter to himself, and calls out in his sleep. – James Thurber
  14. Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! – Anne Tyler
  15. I would consider a half hour sitcom if the script was good. – Sela Ward

Usage examples for half

  1. And the other half – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  2. I do not understand half of what you are saying. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. " Half of them won't come if we do. – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley
  4. They came back the same evening; they had turned back when half way out. – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
  5. I'm half wrong in my head myself over the thing. – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  6. I half wish it did. – Will Warburton by George Gissing
  7. The only danger would be-" he added, half to himself. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  8. Come back in half an hour's time." – The Golden Scarecrow by Hugh Walpole
  9. I half expected to find a letter from you here. – The Love Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft to Gilbert Imlay by Mary Wollstonecraft Roger Ingpen
  10. It can't be half past seven! – Monitress Merle by Angela Brazil
  11. You don't half know him. – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  12. It wasn't half that. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  13. One has only to meet it half way. – A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees by Edwin Asa Dix
  14. I half thought he might get it. – A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter
  15. Here the one- half is come true, already at this time. – Nautilus by Laura E. Richards
  16. I shall leave half of it to Edgar. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  17. Saveliitch, give me half of what you have there, and keep the rest for yourself. – Marie by Alexander Pushkin
  18. Take us or leave us; but we don't want any half way friends that like us when they can't get anything any better. – Half a Dozen Girls by Anna Chapin Ray
  19. How Virginia got through the next half hour she did not know. – The Castle Of The Shadows by Alice Muriel Williamson
  20. The earthlier half its own and Heaven's before. – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton

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