A half past one.
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.
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.
An example of half used as an adverb is in the phrase "half done," which means partially done.
Gave me a half smile.
The tank is half empty.
The concert was not half bad.
A half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view.
A half dream; half knowledge.
A half uncle or half aunt or half cousin.
We went to bed at half ten.
Half-colored; half done; half-hearted; half persuaded; half conscious.
Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half.
The four halves of the house.
Only half right.
- By a considerable extent.
- By an excessive amount:Too clever by half.
- In a reluctant manner; unenthusiastically.
- One-and-a-half times as much or as many; 50 percent more.
- Into halves.
- Not at all:
- Only a fraction or a small part of.
- considerably; very much
- into halves
- only a small part of
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of half
- Middle English from Old English healf skel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition