• 18 Dovetail halving
    18 Dovetail halving
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v halve divide by two; divide into halves "Halve the cake"
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19 Beveled halving 19 Beveled halving

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Halve A half.
    • Halve Of a hole, match, etc., to reach or play in the same number of strokes as an opponent.
    • Halve To divide into two equal parts; as, to halve an apple; to be or form half of. "So far apart their lives are thrown
      From the twin soul that halves their own."
    • Halve (Arch) To join, as two pieces of timber, by cutting away each for half its thickness at the joining place, and fitting together.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • halve To divide into two parts, especially two equal parts or halves.
    • halve To join, as two pieces of timber, by cutting away one half or an equal portion in depth of each, so as to let them into each other. This is done to produce either a lap-joint, a dovetail, a scarf, or a notched joint or common halving. The upper figure represents the simple lap-joint, and the lower one the common halving.
    • n halve An obsolete variant of half.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Halve häv to divide into halves or two equal parts: to join two pieces of timber by notching or lapping
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  • Dorothy L. Sayers
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    “Trouble shared is trouble halved.”
  • Bernard Gilpin
    Bernard Gilpin
    “I hate to see things done by halves. If it be right, do it boldly, if it be wrong leave it undone.”
  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “It is easy to halve the potato where there is love.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “To understand one thing well is better than understanding many things by halves.”


A problem shared is a problem halved - If you talk about your problems, it will make you feel better.
Football's a game of two halves - (UK) If something's a game of two halves, it means that it's possible for someone's fortunes or luck to change and the person who's winning could end up a loser.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Half


In literature:

A little river of clear water divided the two halves of the town.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
You may call that a paradox, if you like, but both halves of it are true.
"The Price" by Francis Lynde
Crack fifty walnuts and remove the meats as nearly as possible in unbroken halves.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
In the sitting-room a new clock that chimed the hours and halves ticked on the mantel.
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
Peel and cut in halves.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Halved and pinned trap-door frame of a Zuni kiva 206 100.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
In the laying out of a halved joint, Fig.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
The halves are then buttoned together.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Then, running with all his speed, he halved the distance which separated him and the road, and shouted again.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
The halved joint is frequently known as half-lapping, and sometimes as checking and half-checking.
"Woodwork Joints" by William Fairham

In poetry:

Lord, save us from our golden calves,
Our sin with grief we own;
We would no more be thine by halves,
But live to thee alone.
"The Golden Calf" by John Newton
O red-lipped mouth of marsh-flower,
I have a secret halved with thee.
The name that is love’s name to me
Thou knowest, and the face of her
Who is my festival to see.
"The Sundew" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Chorus: So early in the morning, etc.
We've got 'em now — the cows and calves
(Things here are never done by halves);
Strangers, workers, and milkers, too,
Of scrubbers also not a few.
"Mustering Song" by Anonymous Oceania
She needs no Russian Theatrey
Mere Father strangles Mother,
In scenes where all the characters
And colours kill each other—
Her boast is freedom had by halves,
And Britons never shall be Slavs.
"Americanisation" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The fellow halves that, cloven as they swivel
On casting tides, are tangled in the shells,
Bearding the unborn devil,
Bleed from my burning fork and smell my heels.
The tongue's of heaven gossip as I glide
Binding my angel's hood.
"My World Is Pyramid" by Dylan Thomas
I joy in my hart jest to hear that rippin' sound
When you split one down the back and jolt the halves
in two,
And the friends you love the best is gethered all around--
And you says unto your sweethart, "Oh, here's the
core fer you!"
"Wortermelon Time" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Shares of his Singapore-listed Otto Marine, which he chairs, nearly halved amid weak earnings and a canceled order.
4 boneless chicken breast halves with skin (2 1/4 pounds total).
It was a tale of two halves for the Oliver Ames football team on Saturday against visiting Taunton.
15 cherry tomatoes, sliced into halves.
Red seedless grapes (cut in halves) 4 oz.
Squeeze the remaining juice in the lemon halves into a large bowl of cold water, add the artichokes and stem pieces, and set aside.
Leaving shells about 1/4 inch thick, scoop out insides of both halves and add insides to bowl.
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved.
Pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 3/4-inch pieces.
2 cups walnut halves (divided use).
Place 2 brats halves on top of filling.
California may, or may not, build a high-speed rail system to link the northern and southern halves of the state.
8 baby carrots , peeled and halved lengthwise.
2 leeks, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise.
8 3/4 ounce can whole baby corn, drained and halved crosswise.

In science:

Thus, the width (along the applied field axis) of a minor loop which touches both halves of the ma jor loop (but does not merge with either of them) is constant and equal to 2J irrespective of the position of the minor loop.
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
However, these one– halves play an important role in what follows.
Kerov's central limit theorem for the Plancherel measure on Young diagrams
Hysteresis in the ferromagnetic model on a Bethe lattice has symmetrically placed jump discontinuities on the two halves of the hysteresis loop if σ is smaller than a critical value σc , and the coordination number z of the lattice is greater than or equal to four.
Random Field Ising Model
Consider two halves of the ma jor hysteresis loop connecting states of saturated magnetization in opposite directions.
Random Field Ising Model
If the applied field is reversed while the system is on one of these halves, the magnetization tra jectory branches off and heads towards the other half of the ma jor loop.
Random Field Ising Model