American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The intermission between halves in games of certain sports, such as basketball and football.
- n. UK alternative spelling of half time.
- n. American football The halftime show, the primary "light" entertainment of a game, after the second quarter when players can physically recover, coaches can berate players with a pep talk, bets can be doubled, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. half the ordinary time for work or attendance; as, the
- n. an intermission between the first and second half of a game, especially a football game. Also used attributively, as the
- adv. for less than the standard number of hours
- adj. involving half the standard or customary time for an activity
- n. an intermission between the first and second half of a game
“Dole Campaign America '96: The View from the Couch, which covered how the campaign was covered, and I don't recall any of the hundreds of commentators I heard ever using the term "halftime" that way.”
“The ad appeared at halftime and Eastwood's use of the phrase "halftime in America" implied that Obama is nearing the halfway point of a two-term, eight-year presidency.”
“But what struck me was that this commercial may be the first time the word "halftime" was used, or understood, politically, to stand for a second-term presidential election.”
“This question led Bob to what he calls his halftime experience—and to ask himself some penetrating questions: Where should I invest my talents, time, and treasures?”
“We got a little pep talk at halftime," is the way Harrison put it.”
“Mandel had no comment on the halftime show other than to say, "Contractually, the halftime is under the domain of the Orange Bowl.”
“The Sooners retired Blaylock's No. 10 in halftime ceremonies.”
“The problem we had at halftime is that we weren't forcing turnovers again," Brown said.”
“Angry fans vented their anger on the team's Facebook page following the game with one calling the halftime act "an absolute disgrace to the Blazers".”
“Storing them, however, is really a non-issue because they barely made it to halftime, which is a shame because I bet they would have loved the Prince-in-a-doo-rag show, too.”
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