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  1. (of siblings) related through one parent only; "a half brother"; "half sister" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. one of two equal parts of a divisible whole; "half a loaf"; "half an hour"; "a century and one half" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. in various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. partially or to the extent of a half; "he was half hidden by the bushes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. partial; "gave me a half smile"; "he did only a half job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity; "a half chicken"; "lasted a half hour" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Part; side; behalf. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To halve. [Obs.] See Halve. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. One of two equal parts; a school term; in football, a half back. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Equally; partly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Consisting of a half; partial; incomplete. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Having or consisting of one of two equal parts: being in parts: incomplete, as measures. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. In an equal part or degree: in part: imperfectly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Consisting of half; being in part. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. In equal part; in part. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. One of two equal parts into which a whole is divided. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. To divide into halves. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. Having half of a standard value; partial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. One of the two equal parts into which a thing is or may be divided. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. To the extent of a half; partially. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Consisting of a half or fraction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. In part, or in an equal part or degree. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. One of two equal parts; a moiety. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. The portion of a thing divided into two equal parts. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. In an equal part or degree. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. In part; equally; almost, as half-starved. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  33. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  34. A moiety; one of two equal parts of anything susceptible of division. Prentissv. Brewer, 17 Wis. G44, 8G Am. Dec. 730; Hartford Iron Min. Co. v. Cambridge Min.Co., 80 Mich. 491, 45 N. W. 351; Cogau v. Cook, 22 Minn. 142; Dart v. Barbour, 32Mich. 272. Used in law in various compound terms, in substantially the same sense, asfollows: thelawdictionary.org
  35. One equal part of a thing divided into two parts, either in fact or in contemplation. A moiety. This word is used in composition; as, half cent, half dime, &c. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  36. 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 manoeuvre 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'-LENGTH, a portrait or photograph showing the upper part of the body.--adj. of half-length.--ns. HALF'LING, a half-grown person, between a boy and a man; HALF'-MAST, the position of a flag lowered half-way down, in respect for the dead or in signal of distress; HALF'-MEAS'URE, any means inadequate for the end proposed; HALF'-MOON, the moon at the quarters when but half of it is illuminated: anything semicircular; HALF'-MOURN'ING, a mourning costume less than deep or full mournings.--adj. HALF'-N[=A]'KED, as nearly naked as clothed.--ns. HALF'-NOTE (mus.), a minim, being one-half of a semibreve or whole note; HALF'-ONE (golf), a handicap of one stroke every second hole; HALF'-PAY, reduced pay, as of naval or military officers when not in active service.--adj. receiving half-pay.--ns. HALFPENNY (h[=a]'pen-i), a copper coin worth half a penny: the value of half a penny: (Shak.) anything very small:--pl. HALFPENCE (h[=a]'pens); HALF'PENNYWORTH, the worth or value of a halfpenny; HALF'-PIKE, a pike with a shaft only half the length of the ordinary; HALF'-PRICE, a reduced charge of admission, &c.--adj. at half the usual prices.--adj. HALF'-ROUND (Milt.), semicircular.--ns. HALF'-ROY'AL, a special kind of millboard or pasteboard; HALF'-SHELL, one-half of a bivalve, as in oysters 'on the half-shell.'--adj. HALF'-SIGHT'ED, short-sighted.--n. HALF'-SOV'EREIGN, an English gold coin, worth ten shillings.--adj. HALF'-STARVED, having insufficient food.--ns. HALF'-SUIT, the body armour of the 17th century; HALF'-SWORD (Shak.), fight within half a sword's length: close fight; HALF'-TIDE, the tide half-way between flood and ebb.--adj. left dry at half-tide.--ns. HALF'-TIM'ER, one who works only half the usual time, esp. a pupil in an elementary school allowed to be absent half the school-day at some employment; HALF'-TINT, an intermediate tint; HALF'-T[=I]'TLE, a short title of a book at the head of the first page of the text, or a title of any subdivision of a book when printed in a full page; HALF'-TRUTH, a statement conveying only part of the truth.--adv. HALF'-WAY, at half the way or distance: imperfectly.--adj. equally distant from two points.--adjs. HALF'-WIT'TED, weak in intellect; HALF'-YEAR'LY, occurring at every half-year or twice in a year.--adv. twice in a year.--n. BETT'ER-HALF, a wife.--HALF-SEAS-OVER, half-drunk.--NOT HALF, to a very slight extent: (slang) not at all.--CRY HALVES, to claim a half-share; GO HALVES, to share equally with a person. [A.S. healf (Ger. halb, Dan. halv); original meaning 'side.'] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  37. (pl. halves), a., adv. One of two equal or corresponding parts into which a thing is divided, as the h. of 10 is 5, cut it in h. (into hh.), your h. is bigger than mine, two pounds& a half (pound) or two& a half pounds, h. of it is (but of them are) rotten; (colloq.)=h.-pint, -mile, -back, -holiday; better h., wife; do a thing by hh. (imperfectly); too clever by h. (far); go hh., share equally (with person in thing); cry hh., claim equal share; (adj.) forming a h., as a h. length, a h. share; (adj. now viewed as n. w. of om.) h. the men, h. your time, h. a pound; (adv.) to the extent of h., (loosely) to a considerable extent, as it is h. cooked, a h.-cooked potato, h. dead, I h. wish, not h. (nearly) long enough, (colloq.) not h. (not at all) bad, not h. a bad fellow; (adv., prob. orig. adj.) h. (an hour) past two (o\'clock); (Naut.) h. three, 3 1/2 (fathoms), east h.-south (5 5/8 south of east); h.-&-h., (what is) h. one thing& h. another, esp. mixture of ale& porter; h.-back, (Footb.) position, player. immediately behind forwards; h.-baked, (fig.) not thorough, not earnest; h.-binding of book, leather back& corners, cloth or paper sides; h.- blood, person having one parent in common with another, this relationship, (also) person of mixed nationality; h.-blooded, born of different races; h.-boot (reaching far above ankle); h.- bred, of mixed breed, mongrel; h.-breed, h.- blooded person; h.-brother, -sister, (by one parent only); h.-butt, cue of length between ordinary cue& long butt; h.-caste a. & n., h.- bre (e)d, esp. (child) of European father& Indian mother; h.-cock, h.-way position of cock of firearm, from which trigger will not move it; h.-crown, coin worth 2/6; h.-hearted, lacking courage or zeal, so h.-heartedly, -ness; h.-HITCH; h.-holiday, day of which (the latter) h. is taken as holiday; h.-length, portrait of upper h. of person; h.-mast high, (of flag) lowered to h. height of mast as mark of respect for the dead; h.-moon, moon of which only h. is illuminated, crescent, crescent-shaped thing; h.-mourning, black relieved by grey &c.; h.-pay, reduced allowance to army or navy officer when retired or not in actual service; h.-seas-over, h. drunk; h.-timer, child who attends school for h. usual time, earning money in other h.; h.-truth, statement that conveys only part of the truth; h.-way house, inn midway between two towns &c.; h.-witted, imbecile; h.-yearly a. & adv., (occurring) every h. year. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  38. (Also, n.) school term (the school year being formerly divided into two portions). h.- baked, (also) h.-witted; h. measures, compromise, h.-&-h. policy &c. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  39. n. [Anglo-Saxon] One of the two equal parts of a thing. Cabinet Dictionary
  40. adv. In part, or in an equal part or degree —used in composition with the import of imperfection or approximation. Cabinet Dictionary
  41. A moiety, one of two equal parts; it sometimes has a plural signification when a number is divided. Complete Dictionary
  42. In part, equal. Complete Dictionary

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