Webster 1913 Edition
Consisting of a moiety, or half;
☞ The adjective and noun are often united to form a compound.
Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect;
Assumed from thence a
See under 2d–
the first notch, for the sear point to enter, in the tumbler of a gunlock; the halfcock notch.–
a style of bookbinding in which only the back and corners are in leather.–
one who boards in part; specifically, a scholar at a boarding school who takes dinner only.–
a horizontal plan of one half a vessel, divided lengthwise, showing the lines.–
a cadence on the dominant.–
a slight salute with the cap.
At half cock,
the position of the cock of a gun when retained by the first notch.–
a sailor’s knot in a rope; half of a clove hitch.–
short stockings; socks.–
an imperfect or weak line of action.–
a minim, one half of a semibreve.–
half of the wages or salary; reduced pay; as, an officer on half pay.–
half the ordinary price; or a price much reduced.–
A molding of semicircular section.
Having one side flat and the other rounded; – said of a file.–
a position of the hand, between the open position and the first shift, in playing on the violin and kindred instruments. See–
a semitone; the smallest difference of pitch or interval, used in music.–
the time or state of the tide equally distant from ebb and flood.–
half the ordinary time for work or attendance; as, the half-time system.–
a middle or intermediate tint, as in drawing or painting. See–
a statement only partially true, or which gives only a part of the truth.
the space of six months; one term of a school when there are two terms in a year.
In an equal part or degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly;“Half loth and half consenting.”
Their children spoke
halfin the speech of Ashdod.
Neh. xiii. 24.
Part; side; behalf.
halvesof the house.
One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; – sometimes followed by of;
halfof an apple
halfhis riches known, and yet despised.
A friendship so complete
in two; an expression sometimes used improperly instead of
as, to cut.
In one's halfor
On one's half
in one's behalf; on one's part.
To cry halves,
to claim an equal share with another.–
To go halves,
to share equally between two.
Sir H. Wotton.
Webster 1828 Edition
One equal part of a thing which is divided into two parts, either in fact or in contemplation; a moiety; as half a pound; half a tract of land; half an orange; half the miseries or pleasures of life. It is applied to quantity, number, length, and every thing susceptible of division. In practice, of is often or usually omitted after half. We say, half a pound; half a mile; half the number.
Half the misery of life.
Half loth, and half consenting.
In composition, half denotes an equal part; or indefinitely, a part, and hence, imperfect.