Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Midway between two points or conditions.
  • adjective Reaching or including only half or a portion; partial.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Midway; equidistant from the extremes.
  • In the middle; at half the distance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In the middle; at half the distance; imperfectly; partially.
  • adjective Equally distant from the extremes; situated at an intermediate point; midway.
  • adjective partial.
  • adjective including only half or a portion; incomplete.
  • adjective a practice among the Congregational churches of New England, between 1657 and 1662, of permitting baptized persons of moral life and orthodox faith to enjoy all the privileges of church membership, save the partaking of the Lord's Supper. They were also allowed to present their children for baptism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb Half of the way between two points; midway.
  • adverb moderately; somewhat

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb at half the distance; at the middle
  • adjective including only half or a portion
  • adjective equally distant from the extremes
  • adjective at a point midway between two extremes

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English halfwey, from Old English healfweg ("half-way"), equivalent to half- +‎ way. Cognate with Dutch halfweg ("halfway").

Examples

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  • As in "I'll meet you halfway."

    August 25, 2007

  • Which is farther, going halfway into the woods or all the way in?

    December 29, 2007

  • Depends on whether a tree falls in there without making a noise. ;oD

    December 29, 2007