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[haf-inch, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈɪntʃ, ˈhɑf-/
a half of an inch, equal to 1/24 of a foot (1.27 centimeters).
Origin of half-inch
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Miss Ingleside had a half-inch strip of muslin over her shoulder.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • A bit horrified, I perceived that the pellet was embedded about a half-inch in.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Also, a backboard of half-inch board, to correspond (Fig. 14).

  • For ordinary purposes the half-inch size of hose is the best.

    Making a Lawn Luke Joseph Doogue
  • It was said afterward that a half-inch decided that touchdown.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The half-inch of candle which he held in his hand was a sacred thing to him.

    A Struggle For Life Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Then he squatted down, held the ball about a half-inch from the floor, dropped it.

    The Big Bounce

    Walter S. Tevis
  • If it had turned a half-inch in its course, it would have failed in its work.

    Our Little Eskimo Cousin Mary Hazleton Wade
  • When a half-inch tall they may be transplanted to small pots.

    The Fantastic Clan John James Thornber
British Dictionary definitions for half-inch


a measure of length approximately equivalent to 13 millimetres
(slang, old-fashioned) to steal
Word Origin
sense 2: from rhyming slang for pinch to steal
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