from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of dividing anything into halves or sharing by halves; specifically, the act of putting together two pieces of material, as wood, by cutting away half of the thickness of each and lapping them one upon another, when a pin or nail or glue may hold them fast.

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  • verb Present participle of halve.


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  • McGinley appeared to be enjoying himself in halving his match teamed with Clarke against Hoch and Furyk late Saturday, but he is in over his head. - Sunday forecast: U.S. retains Cup

  • Mr. Bloomberg has long said he believes larger class sizes with better teachers are preferable to smaller ones with mediocre teachers, but the idea of halving the city's 75,000-member teaching workforce drew sharp criticism from mayoral candidates, parents and the teachers union.

    Mayor Ignites a New Debate on Class Size

  • If the halving is a very wide one, additional cuts may be sawn between the outside marks, and these will greatly facilitate the removal of the waste wood when paring it away.

    Woodwork Joints How they are Set Out, How Made and Where Used.

  • Despite financial crises and natural disasters, we have made dramatic advances toward targets such as halving global poverty and achieving universal primary education.

    John Kerry: Climate Change Threatens to Undermine Progress on Development

  • Mary, her sous-chef, did preparatory work such as halving limes, slicing chilies and preparing chicken stock and poultry for the mole, freeing Pili to teach us the rituals and secrets of Oaxacan culinary seduction.

    Authentic Mexican cuisine at Oaxaca's La Casa de los Sabores cooking school

  • Mr. Kuroda points to the U. N.'s Millennium Development Goals, implying that without more cash, Asian nations won't reach objectives such as halving extreme poverty.

    ADB Money Shuffle

  • Later it set a date for that goal - 2050, and then added intermediary steps, such as halving the carbon emission per inhabitant by 2010.


  • Ministers of 34 European countries have endorsed a plan to bring internet technology to more people throughout Europe, setting e-Inclusion targets such as halving the gap in internet usage by groups at risk of exclusion, boosting broadband coverage to at least 90 per cent, and making all public web sites accessible by 2010.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • ADDENDUM: Ah, now I see where this administration got their "halving" the deficit fiction.

    Canadian Cynic

  • The report noted more modest progress in both countries towards other goals, such as halving by 2015 the proportion of people who suffer from hunger and those without access to safe drinking water, and reducing the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds.

    ANC Daily News Briefing


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