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- n. The act of dividing into halves
- n. The formation of a coat of arms from the halves of two others
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of dimidiating or halving; the state of being dimidiate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of halving; division into two equal parts; the state of being halved.
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_ -- Is the practice of _dimidiation_ approved of by modern heralds, and are examples of it common?
One of these, which I saw on the official seal affixed to the passport of a friend of mine lately returned from that place, is an instance of the obsolete practice of _dimidiation_; and is the more singular, because only the dexter one of the shields thus impaled undergoes curtailment.
And this may lead to the farther Query, whether dimidiation was originally or universally resorted to in the case of coheiresses?
This dimidiation in the Gallican method of singing the Responsory led to some confusion of the sense of what was being sung, and Blessed Cardinal Tommasi, quoting from Amalarius, says that in consequence it became necessary to introduce some different verses in Gaul, so that there might be but one sense running through the words of both Respond and verse.
It touches the question of dimidiation or impalement in the coat of mine uncle, Sir John Leighton of Shropshire, who took unto wife the widow of Sir Henry Oglander of Nunwell.
-- In reply to your correspondent's Query as to _dimidiation_, he will find that this was the most ancient form of impalement.
The figure thus produced is a strange one, but perfectly intelligible when the practice of impaling by dimidiation is recollected.
The method of dimidiation used by Robert of Pinkney in the late twelfth century has already been noted (pi. vi,/); it continued in use occa - sionally during the thirteenth century as we shall see later in dealing with women's seals (pi. xv, h\ xvi, p, q).
_dimidiation_ existing at Stanton Harcourt, in the north transept of the church, in a brass on a piece of blue marble.
100,000 Assyrians massacred - after the British left in 1932, and the exodus of the past few years, in response to the Islamic terror, has led to a dimidiation of Christian numbers, with more decreases to come.