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(of a vessel, place, etc) holding or containing half its capacity
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  • Harkaman looked at his half-empty glass, then filled it to the top.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • But he sat his horse all of a huddle, as limp as a half-empty sack of chaff.

  • So there was that strange, half-empty feeling about the house, as if the birds had flown.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • On the table was a half-empty bottle of champagne and a bedroom tumbler.

    The Hypocrite Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • There, he made at once for the half-empty decanter upon the table.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • Sophy sighed as she collected the half-empty chocolate-boxes.

    The Hillman E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He scrambled up from his knees with a half-empty syphon of sodawater.

    The Return Walter de la Mare

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