A papaya cut in half.
- 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.
- either of the two equal parts of something: the top half of a layer cake
- either of two corresponding or 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
- either of the two equal periods of the game, between which the players rest
- ⌂ Football halfback
Origin of halfMiddle 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 of something
- 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: the concert was not half bad
not the half of
- one half: half-life
- partly: half-baked
nounpl. 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 of halfMiddle English, from Old English healf; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%).
- a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view
- Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.
- a half dream; half knowledge
- (of a sibling) Having one parent (rather than two) in common.
- A half brother or half sister
- (rare, of a relative other than a sibling) Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.
- A half uncle or half aunt or half cousin
- (UK, time) Half an hour after the time given; half past.
- We went to bed at half ten.
- (consisting of a moiety, or half): The adjective and noun are often united to form a compound.
- In two equal parts or to an equal degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly
- half-colored; half done; half-hearted; half persuaded; half conscious
- One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; — sometimes followed by of; as, a half of an apple.
- You don't know the half of it.
- (sports) One of the two opposite parts of the playing field of various sports, in which each starts the game.
- Half of a standard measure; frequently used (UK) for half a pint of beer or cider.
- (preceded by “a” or a number) The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.
- Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half.
- , Geoffrey Chaucer:
- The four halves of the house
(third-person singular simple present halves, present participle halving, simple past and past participle halved)
- (obsolete) To halve.
From Middle English, from Old English healf (“half”); as a noun, 'half', 'side', 'part', from Proto-Germanic *halbaz; akin to Old Saxon, Old Frisian, and Dutch half, West Frisian heal, German halb, Swedish halv, Danish halv, Icelandic hálfur and Gothic (halbs). Compare halve, behalf.