better half

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n better half a person's partner in marriage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Better half an expression used to designate one's wife.
    • Better half See under Better.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Better half a jocose term for a wife, once applied seriously to either wife or husband, and even the soul as opposed to the body
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Quotations

  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf ;is better than a whole loaf.”
  • Samuel Butler
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    “A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.”
  • Publilius Syrus
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    “Better to be ignorant of a matter than half know it.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Half a truth is better than no politics.”
  • Gerhard Kocher
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    “In a hospital, half of the patients get better food than at home.”

Idioms

Better half - Your better half is your husband or wife.
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Half a loaf is better than no bread - It means that getting part of what you want is better than getting nothing at all.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bet (adv.), betera, better; Goth. batiza, Ger. besser. Prob. cog. with Boot.

Usage

In literature:

No one knew better than Douglas that paper claims lost half their force unless followed up by vigorous action.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
Within ten minutes he was back again loading up coal, his better half being occupied in preparing dinner.
"The Boer in Peace and War" by Arthur M. Mann
The south half is the better preserved.
"Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders" by T. Eric Peet
He half rose, thought better of it, and sank back.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
One day a man said to me that he always called his wife his better judgment instead of his better half.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
You had better give me the half-crown.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Here, my lad, I have thought better of it; here is a half eagle.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The feeble-minded and half-witted are nowadays caught up into asylums, for better care, and to ensure that their trouble dies with them.
"The Age of Erasmus" by P. S. Allen
Of course, he can no longer ignore the presence of his better half.
"Miss Caprice" by St. George Rathborne
In about half an hour or better after this, Denis and Owen Connor proceeded in close and earnest conversation towards old Shaughnessy's.
"Going To Maynooth Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
Better wait till night, and then I know half a dozen coves what will strike for you.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
They know better than anybody else in the world knows how hard it is to get half a million of dollars.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 12, December, 1889" by Various
Art thou returned at last, my better half?
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
His better half argued that, having so many children, they ought in reason to be exempted.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
For the better baking of it, put it in a hoop, and let it stand in the oven one hour and half.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
When it was finished he felt better and studied half the night.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
If he loved anything better, or half so well, it was the one little maiden who played so merrily around her father's footstool.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
He set a table and poured a wine better by half than might be found elsewhere.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
No, nor half so dreary, for 'it is better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all.
"Bad Hugh" by Mary Jane Holmes
You had better spend that half-crown on yourself.
"One Day More A Play In One Act" by Joseph Conrad
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In poetry:

"Better lad was never born--
(Sir 'twas God's own pity!)
No one else could blow the horn
Half as shrill and pretty.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau
She is no better, worse, than we;
We can but say she seems more great,
That half her will, like ours, is free,
And half of it is locked in Fate.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
But at afternoon or almost eve
'Tis better; then the silence grows
To that degree, you half believe
It must get rid of what it knows,
Its bosom does so heave.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Yet hear me: I love God, and half I rest.
O better! God loves thee, so all rest thou.
He is our summer, our dim-visioned Best;—
And in his heart thy prayer is resting now.
"Oh Thou Of Little Faith" by George MacDonald
I saw a tyrant sleeping half the day.
I said: "This confusion, if sleep removes it, so much the better;
But he whose sleep is better than his wakefulness
Is better dead than leading such a bad life."
"Ch 01 Manner of Kings Story 12" by Sa di
And there is nothing uprooted that is not changed.
Better to stay and wonder in the half light
How New England saunters where Kipling loved and ranged, so
And watch the starling flocks in first autumn flight.
"Thoughts of New England" by Ivor Gurney

In news:

Packers K Crosby takes aim on better second half.
He took a family trip, giving him a chance to unwind and come back for what he hopes will be a much better second half of the season.
He took a trip with his family to North Carolina, giving him a chance to unwind and come back for what he hopes will be a much better second half of the season.
The dance offerings are rounded out by Lucky Plush Productions The Better Half starring tap dancer Jared Grimes, a dance /theater piece that looks at contemporary relationships.
The source said Jay tried in vain to "joke his way out," and that his better half, Beyonce, even tried to smooth things over, "but that didn't calm Bob down.
The Better Half Of The Bills With Erin Marzouki.
) Researchers also found that dishwashers cleaned better, as half of the hand-washers failed to reach an "acceptable level" of cleanliness.
NBC wins the night despite a double-digit drop for its flagship reality series, while CBS has better luck with a "Two and Half Men" in the now-canceled "Partners" slot.
Information technology company Micro Focus International posted better-than-expected first-half core earnings after it moved towards more lucrative maintenance contracts, with fewer low-margin consultancy deals.
Even better were the resort's half-dozen resident elders, experts in Fijian lore and traditions.
The Panthers had a better second half, but the Rockets cruised to an 83-59 victory.
CBS does a better Ravens telecast -- for one half anyway.
The drummer, better known as Craig Nice, is one-half of the duo Gauntlet Hair, an outfit he started with Andy Rauworth, a high-school friend with whom he fled the Windy City three years ago for the more cal...
But had the Washington Huskies played a little cleaner and executed a little better in the first half, the final score could have been 59-3.
The preparation of the food has generally been left to my better half, in part because recipes intimidate me.
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In science:

To better quantify the magnitude of this correction we evaluated the sky coverage for the combined GOODS fields by simply scaling the two sky coverages so that the maximum area for each field was equal to half the total GOODS area, summing then up the two areas.
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools
This may explain why the peak luminosity of three of the five observed precursors was about half as bright as the system’s brightest ordinary bursts. A larger sample of precursor bursts is needed in order to better test this hypothesis.
Carbon Detonation and Shock-Triggered Helium Burning in Neutron Star Superbursts
For frequencies above a few Hz, measurement accuracy is better than 10 nm, while at 0.1 Hz accuracy has deteriorated to just below half a µm.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
Notice that up to half of the cycle, NRD is a protocol as good as, or even better than, the selected deterministic sequences.
Advantages of Randomization in Coherent Quantum Dynamical Control
Indeed, as discussed with many examples in , the original larger sieve is better when the number of permitted residue classes (i.e., the size of Ωp, in our case) is smaller than half of N p (this is not quite true anymore in our inequality because of the term log 2[k :Q]B 2 in the denominator).
Non-simple abelian varieties in a family: geometric and analytic approaches
GS has better mass-resolution, but a smaller half-mass radius of 9.6 pc.
Trojan Stars in the Galactic Center
The median PSF full-width half maximum for the SDSS r-band is 1.4′′ in the GAMA regions, with 95% of ‘ fields’ having seeing better than 2.1′′ .
Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): The input catalogue and star-galaxy separation
However a better solution would be to keep the angular velocity constant but to let the rotation axis precess about a direction half way between the two orthogonal planes containing the optical fibers loops.
Testing angular momentum effects on the space time
Due to the better pointing resolution (ψ = 2.3◦) of AMANDA-II, in this analysis the sky was divided in 300 search bins, with half width of about 3.5◦ .
Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole: Status of the AMANDA Experiment
Se, and better energy resolution. A neutrino mass sensitivity in the range 0.04 - 0.15 eV is expected, corresponding to a half-life limit greater than 1026 y.
Recent advances in neutrinoless double beta decay search
Gravitational-wave damping has been detected in an amount that agrees with general relativity to better than half a percent using the Hulse-Taylor binary pulsar, and other binary pulsar systems have yielded other tests, especially of strong-field effects.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
However, the experiments of Eddington and his co-workers had only 30 percent accuracy, and succeeding experiments were not much better: The results were scattered between one half and twice the Einstein value (Figure 5), and the accuracies were low.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
Given the rapid progress and the better theoretical understanding of the Standard Model expectations relative to the K system11 , the hope is that at this point the glass is half full and that improved data will pierce the Standard Model’s resistant armor12.
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
This beam is even better collimated, with about half the neutrinos within 15 cm of the axis 600 meters downstream.
Physics with a Millimole of Muons
In a recent run, featuring an energy resolution (summed over the twenty energy spectra) of ∼ 10 keV at 2615 keV, and a background of about 0.5 c/keV kg day in that region, they got in only a few days a better neutrinoless half-life limit than in all their previous experiments (See Table 2).
Review on Double Beta Decay Experiments and Comparison with Theory
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