half

Definitions

  • "He gave me back the half-crown."
    "He gave me back the half-crown."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj half consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity "a half chicken","lasted a half hour"
    • adj half (of siblings) related through one parent only "a half brother","half sister"
    • adj half partial "gave me a half smile","he did only a half job"
    • adv half partially or to the extent of a half "he was half hidden by the bushes"
    • n half one of two equal parts of a divisible whole "half a loaf","half an hour","a century and one half"
    • n half one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which Raleigh and Gilbert dreamed Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which...
Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.) Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.)
One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown...
Half-hitch Half-hitch
4. Two Half-Hitches 4. Two Half-Hitches
Photo of a Half Dome Photo of a Half Dome

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nearly half of all Americans suffer from symptoms of burnout
    • Half Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view.
    • Half Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge. "Assumed from thence a half consent."
    • adv Half In an equal part or degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly; as, half-colored, half done, half-hearted, half persuaded, half conscious. "Half loth and half consenting.""Their children spoke half in the speech of Ashdod."
    • Half 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. "Not half his riches known, and yet despised.""A friendship so complete
      Portioned in halves between us."
    • Half Part; side; behalf. "The four halves of the house."
    • v. t Half To halve. Obs See Halve.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the mid-1800s, less than half of the newborn babies lived more than ten years. Today, over 90 percent do.
    • half Being one of two equal parts; consisting of a moiety: as, a half share in an enterprise; a half ticket in a lottery.
    • n half A side; a part.
    • n half Part; behalf; account; sake.
    • n half One of two equal parts of anything that is divisible, or that may be regarded as divisible; a moiety: usually not followed by of unless preceded by a qualifying word: as, half the miseries or pleasures of life; half a pound; half an orange; the half, one half, or the other half of an orange.
    • n half Among schoolboys in England, a session; the term between vacations: a contraction of half-year. Sometimes there are three “halves” in the year.
    • n half In foot-ball, a half-back. See back, n., 12.
    • half To divide into halves; halve; hence, loosely, to separate into parts of any relative size.
    • half In an equal part or degree; by half; hence, in part; to some extent: much used in composition, and often indefinite: as, half-baked; half-dead; half-educated; half-starved.
    • half An erroneous form of haft.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
    • n Half häf one of two equal parts: a contraction of half-year, as in a school session
    • adj Half having or consisting of one of two equal parts: being in part: incomplete, as measures
    • adv Half in an equal part or degree: in part: imperfectly
    • v.i Half to divide into two equal parts
    • adj Half of half-length
    • adj Half receiving half-pay
    • adj Half at half the usual prices
    • adj Half left dry at half-tide
    • adj Half equally distant from two points
    • adv Half twice in a year
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Quotations

  • Elwyn Brooks White
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    “Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.”
  • Gerald Barzan
    Gerald Barzan
    “I wish I could be half as sure of anything as some people are of everything.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “The heart is half a prophet.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
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    “Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “I'm sure I don't know half the people who come to my house. Indeed, from all I hear, I shouldn't like to.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “Too humble is half proud.”

Idioms

All over Hell's half acre - (USA) If you have been all over Hell's half acre, you have been traveling and visiting many more places than originally intended, usually because you were unsuccessful in finding what you were looking for. It can also be used to mean everywhere.
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Better half - Your better half is your husband or wife.
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Cheap at half the price - If something's cheap at half the price, it's very cheap indeed.
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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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Half a mind - If you have half a mind to do something, you haven't decided to do it, but are thinking seriously about doing it.
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Half-baked - A half-baked idea or scheme hasn't not been thought through or planned very well.
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Six of one and half-a-dozen of the other - This is an idiom used when there is little or no difference between two options.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. healf, half, half; as a noun, half, side, part; akin to OS., OFries., & D. half, G. halb, Sw. half, Dan. halv, Icel. hālfr, Goth. halbs,. Cf. Halve Behalf

Usage

In literature:

Half Naples will be there, and I know more than half Naples, and more than half Naples knows me.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
An expression that was half serious, half comical, stole over each face.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
There have been delicious stolen interviews, notes, and the peculiar half-intrigue, half-deception Marcia so loves.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Called up at half past one; raining very hard; only five in the stage; by slipping across got a good place; left at half past two.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
The strong nature is half tortured, half soothed by the prospect of his going.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He was strong and she was light, and he half helped, half carried her to the porch door.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
I'd give the half of it all to have the other half, but I cannot tell him that.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Already had they made one-half the journey, though by far the easier half.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Looking back, he saw that his fear of the world had been nothing to his fear of women, of the half-spiritual, half-sensual snare.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He was now studying the country, half by observation and half by instinct.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Drayton looked up with a glance half of fear, half of suspicion.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Half an hour later they joined the pursuers astern, and their yells could be heard although they were half a mile away.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
This souffle may be made of sweetbreads, or half and half.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
I was half frightened to death when I thought you were hurt.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
I stopped and stood, half breathless and panting, ready to bound away again and half inclined to do so.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Boil one and a half hours, add salt, and simmer half an hour longer.
"New Vegetarian Dishes" by Mrs. Bowdich
He left Johnstown at half-past four yesterday afternoon and says the scene then was indescribable.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Then I told her I wanted to fuck her, said all in favour of it I knew, half ashamed, half frightened as I said it.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
His ambition was suddenly roused again, and he more than half wished himself in college.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Moore took it with a smile, half-corrective, half-grateful.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
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In poetry:

LUCY. Malice merely:
For a husband, how so nearly
He may pry, should never see
More than half his wife doth do.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
But, my Celia, not for us
Pleasures half so hazardous;
Let us set our hearts on play,
'Tis, alas! the only way--
"Come, My Celia" by Richard Le Gallienne
Across the vast uncertain sea
Toward half-forgotten ports they ride,
O'er all the far lone waterways
Scattered wide;
"Strange Ships" by Robert A Donaldson
Low hanging in the midnight sky
Looked in a half-faced moon.
Was it a dream, or did she hear
Her lover's whistled tune?
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But laughing and half-way up to heaven,
With wind and hill and star,
I yet shall keep, before I sleep,
Your Ambarvalia.
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke
And half we deemed she needed not
The changing of her sphere,
To give to Heaven a Shining One,
Who walked an Angel here.
"Gone" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

It's not often you get the chance to run a half marathon without paying a registration fee 62 runners finished the beautiful White Salmon Half Marathon.
'50/50': Half-sad, half-funny and wholly terrific.
Vietnamese jasmine tea ½ cup half-and-half ½ cup heavy cream ½ Tbsp.
About 70 women will tackle the Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon in St Petersburg on Nov 18, many of them running a half marathon for the very first time.
7 tablespoons butter 1 scant cup finely chopped almonds 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon flour ¼ teaspoon vanilla sugar (see Taste Tip) 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon half-and-half.
In a large bowl, combine melted butter, almonds , sugar, flour, vanilla sugar, cream and half-and-half, and mix thoroughly.
The Safeco Field gates open two and a half hours before the 7:10pm weekday game time, NBA arenas usually open their doors an hour and a half before tipoff.
1 pint Half and half or heavy cream, optional.
In a bowl, beat the eggs with the half-and-half, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
There's two ways of looking at everything (glass half empty, glass half full argument).
Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre has half-heartedly apologized for dissing ABC's The Bachelor .
Half- baked Jake is back in all his half-bakedness.
Cups half-and-half, light cream, or whole milk.
The menu includes a half chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, rolls, dessert and a beverage for $8, or $5 for a half chicken.
We always heave a deep sigh when the Legislature wraps up a session — half in relief, half in disappointment.
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In science:

O) + ZΓ dz ′ (ρ|1z ′)(1z ′ |O), where Γ is a curve in the lower complex half plane, as shown in Fig. 1, and Γ is the conjugate curve in the upper complex half plane.
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions
The minor loop starts on the lower half of the ma jor loop at h = 1.5 and meets the upper half at h = −.5 as may be expected from the theoretical prediction.
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
As an example of the usefulness of the above representation, we choose an external source with only two opposite eigenvalues ±c, with half of the eigenvalues equal to l + c2)N/2 = exp N +c and the other half to −c.
Characteristic polynomials of real symmetric random matrices
The physicists’ ensemble containing N members would be such that half of N are Heads and half Tails.
Monte Carlo: Basics
We cal l H the set of half-twists in Bn , and we cal l an element β ∈ H a half-twist.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
The half-twists then correspond to geometric half-twists around an embedded arc that connects two punctures, and do not intersect itself or any other puncture.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
But this is exactly the case when w can be written as a conjugacy to a half-twist in the k th power, meaning that w is a half-twist in the k th power.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
The fits were integrated to find the total magnitudes, half light (or effective) radii Re , and mean surface brightnesses hµie interior to the half light radius.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
The number of MC steps of the simulation runs is chosen in such a way that during the second half of the run (the next 10 million MCS) the mean values of measured quantities did not differ from the ones found in the first half of the run within the error of measurement.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
Thus precisely two zeros, one in the upper half plane and one in the lower half plane, must “flow off to infinity” during the flow.
Lattice Approach to Excited TBA Boundary Flows: Tricritical Ising Model
R = F = 0.) To focus our thinking we would like the reader to consider the solution in the left half space as a model of the streamwise velocity component in the lower half channel, with the solution in the right half space being simply an anti-symmetric copy.
A simple model for drag reduction
We first note that ρ1 = ρ+ on the upper half of S , but ρ1 = ρ− on the lower half of S .
Localization for Discrete One Dimensional Random Word Models
Let us start with the half-plane configuration, where all paths start at the same origin w on the half-plane boundary ∂H.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
For instance, it is a state in which half the system has a positive, and the other half a negative magnetization, and these two regions are separated by a pair of interfaces which span the shorter dimension of the simulation cell.
Nucleation times in the 2D Ising model
Then, in each configuration there exists a FK-cluster growing from the negative half real axis into the upper half plane whose boundary starts at the origin.
Conformal field theories in random domains and stochastic Loewner evolutions
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