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half US English

Either of two equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided

half US Thesaurus

a half grapefruit

half New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

usually hyphenated in compounds (half-cooked; half-dead)

not half US English

Not nearly

half-ass US English

Do (something) with little effort or care

half-ball US English

A stroke in which the centre of the cue ball is aimed at the edge of the object ball

half bath US English

A bathroom in a private home that contains a toilet and sink but no bathtub or shower

half-blue US English

A person who has represented Oxford or Cambridge University in a minor sport or as a second choice in any sport

half boot US English

A boot that reaches up to the calf

half-bred US English

(Of an animal) having one pure-bred parent

half-butt US English

A long billiard cue about 2.4 m (8 feet) in length

half-caf US English

Denoting a drink of coffee with regular and decaffeinated coffee mixed in equal parts, so as to make coffee with half the normal level of caffeine

half cock US English

The partly raised position of the cock of a gun

half-cup US English

A measure of capacity used in cookery, equal to quarter of a US pint (0.119 litre)

half-cut US English


half-day US English

A length of time equivalent to half of a typical working day

half-dead US English

In a state of extreme exhaustion or weakness

half deck US English

A deck reaching half the length of a ship or boat, fore or aft

half-done US English

Unfinished or only partially completed

half-door US English

A door of half the usual size, typically covering the bottom half of an opening (e.g., in a stable)

half fare US English

A charge of half the usual fare for a journey on public transport, available to certain groups such as children and older people

half-hose US English


half hour US English

A period of thirty minutes

half-inch US English

A unit of length half as long as an inch

half-life US English

The time taken for the radioactivity of a specified isotope to fall to half its original value

half-mast US English

The position of a flag that is being flown some way below the top of its staff as a mark of respect for a person who has died

half-moon US English

The moon when only half of its illuminated surface is visible from the earth; the first or last quarter

half-move US English

A move made by one player (especially in the context of the analysis of play made by a chess-playing computer program)

half note US English

A note having the time value of two quarter notes or half of a whole note, represented by a ring with a stem

half-open US English

Partly open

half pay US English

Half of a person’s normal or previous salary or wages

half-pie US English

Imperfect; mediocre

half pint US English

Half of a pint

half rest US English

An interval of silence lasting the length of a minim

half-size US English

Half of the typical size

half-slip US English

A petticoat that hangs from the waist

half step US English

A semitone

half-term US English

A short holiday about halfway through a school term

half-year US English

A period of six months

wing half US English

A half back positioned towards the right or left side of the field

half back New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, one word in US)

better half US English

A person’s wife, husband, or partner

half-assed US English

Done with little effort or care; incompetent or inadequate

half-baked US English

(Of an idea or philosophy) not fully thought through; lacking a sound basis

half blood US English

The relationship between people having one parent in common

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