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  1. one half of a circle
  2. half the circumference of a circle
anything having the shape or form of half a circle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • The company rose with her, and stood in a half-circle before the fire.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He wagged his head and the long black sword made a half-circle.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The seven girls seated around him in a half-circle on the grass giggled.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He arranged the articles in a half-circle about him when he sat down on a mat.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Mrs. Gillis, Landy and Davy joined to complete the half-circle.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • With a shrill cry Bogle swung the weapon around in a half-circle.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • He stood there curved in a half-circle, and looked darkly at his master.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • Distant and a little bleak and cheerless the half-circle was looking now.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker

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