from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See ray1.

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  • n. ray; a line extending indefinitely in one direction from a point.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entomology, a line or mark extending half-way across a surface, as of the wing.
  • n. A share of one half the catch of a fishing-line.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • I suppose that what I mean to say is that sometimes it's the work I could never have the patience for (editing a concordance, compiling statistical data about half-line usages in OE poetry, etc) that makes my work possible, and for that, I'm exceedingly grateful. cross posted at ITM.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • This holiday season, you can test your story-telling skills against your friends and loved ones, and for once -- perhaps disappointing those of us who took the time to learn Siever's half-line types in the hopes of a future career as a scop*** -- meter doesn't count.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • The specific design that applies to this year's election rhetoric though was the original "Piece" shirt which had a randomly divided circle pie graph (without that top to bottom half-line that would form the 'peace' symbol inside a circle).

    thank you sir may I have another

  • The first few times around I would read a half-line, and the class would repeat it back to me together.

    Teachings: Fun and Educational

  • I had advanced so far as to sit down at my window again on my second morning, and to write the first half-line of the chapter and strike it out, not liking it, when my conscience reproached me with not having surveyed the watering-place out of the season, after all, yesterday, but with having gone straight out of it at the rate of four miles and a half an hour.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • There was also a half-line of a Pythian oracle to the same effect:

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • And a scrawled half-line in Jorge Sanchez's familiar handwriting: 650 at $100k per.

    Bad Luck and Trouble

  • For instance, the first half-line says that a god ‘drank wine from a cup of gold,’ the next half-line that he ‘drank it from a flagon of silver….’

    The Muse in the Machine

  • In fact, frequently in the same line one half-line contradicts the other.

    The Muse in the Machine

  • I opened Pound's Cantos, as I often do when I'm investigating Chinese history, to see what that mad magpie might have had to say about the matter in the Chinese cantos; in this case there was only the disappointing half-line "HOEÏ went taozer." NEMEROV AND HUI TSUNG.


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