from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of two equal parts that together constitute a whole.
- n. One part approximately equal to the remaining part.
- n. Informal A 50-cent piece.
- n. Sports One of the two playing periods into which certain games are divided.
- n. Sports A halfback.
- n. Chiefly British A school term; a semester.
- n. Half an hour: a half past one.
- adj. Being one of two equal parts.
- adj. Being approximately a half.
- adj. Partial or incomplete: gave me a half smile.
- adv. To the extent of exactly or nearly 50 percent: The tank is half empty.
- adv. Not completely or sufficiently; partly: only half right.
- idiom by half By a considerable extent.
- idiom by half By an excessive amount: too clever by half.
- idiom by halves In a reluctant manner; unenthusiastically.
- idiom many One-and-a-half times more; 50 percent more.
- idiom in half Into halves.
- idiom not half Not at all: "Fancy housing? Not half likely, ma'am” ( Russell Baker).
- idiom not the half of Only a fraction or a small part of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%).
- adj. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.
- adj. Having one parent (rather than two) in common.
- adj. Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.
- adj. Half an hour after the time given; half past.
- adv. In two equal parts or to an equal degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly
- n. 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.
- n. Half of a standard measure; frequently used (UK) for half a pint of beer or cider.
- n. The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.
- n. part; side; behalf
- v. To halve.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Consisting of a moiety, or half
- adj. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect
- adv. In an equal part or degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly.
- n. Part; side; behalf.
- n. One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; -- sometimes followed by of.
- transitive v. To halve. [Obs.] See halve.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being one of two equal parts; consisting of a moiety: as, a half share in an enterprise; a half ticket in a lottery.
- n. A side; a part.
- n. Part; behalf; account; sake.
- n. 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. Among schoolboys in England, a session; the term between vacations: a contraction of half-year. Sometimes there are three “halves” in the year.
- n. In foot-ball, a half-back. See back, n., 12.
- To divide into halves; halve; hence, loosely, to separate into parts of any relative size.
- 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.
- An erroneous form of haft.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. partial
- n. one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
- adv. partially or to the extent of a half
- adj. (of siblings) related through one parent only
- adj. consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity
- n. one of two equal parts of a divisible whole
Middle English, from Old English healf.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English healf ('half'); as a noun, 'half', 'side', 'part'; akin to Old Saxon, Old Friesian, and Dutch half, German halb, Swedish half, Danish halv, Icelandic hálfur and Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌻𐌱𐍃 (halbs). Compare halve, behalf. (Wiktionary)