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semi British & World English

A semi-detached house

semi-dome British & World English

A half-dome formed by vertical section

semi-pro British & World English

Short for semi-professional.

semi-annual British & World English

Occurring twice a year

semi-double British & World English

(Of a flower) intermediate between single and double in having only the outer stamens converted to petals

semi-final British & World English

A match or round immediately preceding the final, the winner of which goes on to the final

semi-fitted British & World English

(Of a garment) shaped to the body but not closely fitted

semi-fluid British & World English

Having a thick consistency between solid and liquid

semi-lethal British & World English

Relating to or denoting an allele or chromosomal abnormality which impairs the viability of most of the individuals homozygous for it

semi-liquid British & World English

Another term for semi-fluid.

semi-modal British & World English

A verb that functions to some extent like a modal verb, typically in the way it forms negative and interrogative constructions. English semi-modals include need and dare

semi-opaque British & World English

Not fully clear or transparent

semi-opera British & World English

A drama or similar entertainment with a substantial proportion of vocal music in addition to instrumental movements

semi-rigid British & World English

Stiff and solid, but not inflexible

semi-solid British & World English

Highly viscous; slightly thicker than semi-fluid

semi-acoustic British & World English

(Of a guitar) having one or more pickups and a hollow body, typically with f-holes

semi-basement British & World English

A storey of a building partly below ground level

semi-cylinder British & World English

Half of a cylinder cut longitudinally

semi-darkness British & World English

A light level in which it is possible to see, but not clearly

semi-deponent British & World English

(Of a Latin verb) having active forms in present tenses, and passive forms with active sense in perfect tenses

semi-detached British & World English

(Of a house) joined to another house on one side only by a common wall

semi-finished British & World English

Prepared for the final stage of manufacture

semi-infinite British & World English

(Of a line or solid) limited in one direction and stretching to infinity in the other

semi-invalid British & World English

A partially disabled or somewhat infirm person

semi-literate British & World English

Unable to read or write with ease or fluency; poorly educated

semi-monthly British & World English

Occurring or published twice a month

semi-official British & World English

Having some, but not full, official authority or recognition

semi-Pelagian British & World English

Denoting the doctrine that the first steps towards good can be taken by the human will, though supervening divine grace is needed for salvation. It was (questionably) attributed to John Cassian (d.435), and was generally held to be heretical

semi-precious British & World English

Denoting minerals which can be used as gems but are considered to be less valuable than precious stones

semi-retired British & World English

Having retired or withdrawn from employment or an occupation but continuing to work part-time or occasionally

semi-skilled British & World English

(Of work or a worker) having or needing some, but not extensive, training

semi-skimmed British & World English

(Of milk) having had some of the cream removed

semi-trailer British & World English

A trailer having wheels at the back but supported at the front by a towing vehicle

semi-tropics British & World English

Another term for subtropics.

semi-automatic British & World English

Partially automatic

semi-autonomous British & World English

Acting independently to some degree

semi-classical British & World English

(Of a theory or method) intermediate between a classical or Newtonian description and one based on quantum mechanics or relativity

semi-conscious British & World English

Only partially conscious

semi-elliptical British & World English

Having the shape of half of an ellipse bisected by one of its diameters, especially the major axis

semi-monocoque British & World English

Relating to or denoting aircraft or vehicle structures combining a load-bearing shell with integral frames


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