from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See ray1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
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.
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).
The first few times around I would read a half-line, and the class would repeat it back to me together.
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.
There was also a half-line of a Pythian oracle to the same effect:
And a scrawled half-line in Jorge Sanchez's familiar handwriting: 650 at $100k per.
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….’
In fact, frequently in the same line one half-line contradicts the other.
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."