[haf-ouuh r, -ou-er, hahf-]
- a period of 30 minutes.
- the midpoint between the hours: The clock struck on the half-hour.
- of, relating to, or consisting of a half-hour: half-hour programs.
Origin of half-hour
late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
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Examples from the Web for half-hour
As an election tactic, it was a Hail-Mary move: a half-hour address by an aging actor of no political standing or constituency.Remembering Reagan’s Defining Speech
October 27, 2014
The ferries run every half-hour to the Russian mainland, but they take only a few dozen cars on each trip.Crimea: A Patriotic Russian Vacation From Hell
August 20, 2014
He would spend at least a half-hour being decontaminated afterward.‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’: Minnesota Widow on Her Husband
July 30, 2014
A year earlier the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and The Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC had expanded to a half-hour.Lyndon Johnson’s Last Miracle: The Civil Rights Act Turns 50
July 2, 2014
McMinnville, Tennessee is less than a half-hour from “the farm” where the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place.Tennessee Not Impressed By Bonnaroo
Daniel G. Hill
June 13, 2014
She had slept, perhaps, a half-hour, when Fannie awakened her.
After I've gone, I want you to stay up for a half-hour anyhow, with the lights burning.
It seemed that a half-hour's easy walk should take them to the foothills.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
You see me in the plight in which I came out of the packet within this half-hour.Little Dorrit
The church clock struck the half-hour as he turned into the wood.The Incomplete Amorist
- a period of 30 minutes
- (as modifier)a half-hour stint on the treadmill
- the point of time 30 minutes after the beginning of an hour
- (as modifier)a half-hour chime
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Word Origin and History for half-hour
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