- The definition of half is one of two equal parts, or an incomplete piece of something.
- An example of a half is two quarts: a half gallon.
- An example of a half is an attempt without a lot of energy: a half hearted try.
- Half means partially or finished to about 50 percent.
An example of half used as an adverb is in the phrase "half done," which means partially done.
- Half is defined as one of two equal parts, or a half hour of time.
- An example of half is the first part of a football game.
- An example of half is 30 minutes after 10 AM; a half past ten.
A papaya cut in half.
half definition by Webster's New World
- either of the two equal parts of something: the top half of the sixth inning
- either of two approximately equal parts: the larger half of a divided pie
- a half-hour: half past one
- ☆ a half dollar
- ☆ Baseball either of the two parts of an inning: the top half of the sixth inning
- Basketball, Football, etc. either of the two equal periods of the game, between which the players rest
- ☆ Football halfback
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English healf, part, half, akin to Old Norse halfr, German halb ; from Indo-European (s)kelep-, literally , divided ; from base an unverified form (s)kel-, to cut from source scalp, skill, helm
- being either of the two equal parts
- being about a half of the amount, length, etc.: a half mask covered his eyes
- incomplete; fragmentary; partial
- to an extent approximately or exactly fifty percent of the whole
- to some extent; partly: to be half convinced
- to a large extent or degree; nearly: often used hyperbolically: half dead with fatigue
- by any means; at all: used with not: not half bad
- one half: half-life
- partly: half-baked
half definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. halves halves
- a. One of two equal parts that together constitute a whole.b. One part approximately equal to the remaining part.
- Informal A 50-cent piece.
- Sports a. One of the two playing periods into which certain games are divided.b. A halfback.
- Chiefly British A school term; a semester.
- Half an hour: a half past one.
- a. Being one of two equal parts.b. Being approximately a half.
- Partial or incomplete: gave me a half smile.
- To the extent of exactly or nearly 50 percent: The tank is half empty.
- Not completely or sufficiently; partly: only half right.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English healf; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
half - Investment & Finance Definition
half - Phrases/Idioms
not the half of
- By a considerable extent.
- By an excessive amount: too clever by half.
not the half of