Definition of dimidiate in English:


Line breaks: di¦midi|ate
Pronunciation: /dɪˈmɪdɪeɪt


[with object] Heraldry
  • 1(Of a coat of arms or charge) adjoin (another) so that only half of each is visible.
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    • The crest has an oak tree dimidiated with a wheatsheaf, bound together by a blue and white wave.
    • In the upper part of the Shield a lion passant guardant dimidiates the hulk of a medieval ship.
    • These were, in the Portuguese version, per pale argent and vert, two roses dimidiating as many fleurs-de-lis, in dexter canton a dove volant argent.
  • 1.1 (as adjective dimidiated) (Of a charge) having only one half depicted.
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    • The bordures themselves were often dimidiated or even quartered and various lines of partition were used, so that the inside of the bordure might be engrailed or wavy.
    • The arms of Connacht - a dimidiated (divided in half from top to bottom) eagle and armed hand - are recorded as such on a map of Galway dated 1651, now in the library of Trinity College, Dublin.
    • Francoise's arms in Louis's Book of Hours (Fig.17 in body of article) are also dimidiated.


late 16th century: from Latin dimidiat- 'halved', from the verb dimidiare, from dimidium 'half'.

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