[haf-lengkth, -length, -lenth, hahf-]
- something that is only half a full length or height, especially a portrait that shows only the upper half of the body, including the hands.
- of half the complete length or height.
Origin of half-length
First recorded in 1690–1700
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Examples from the Web for half-length
He had cut the fuse to half-length, and he had not long to wait.The White Mice
Richard Harding Davis
The two men regarded each other across the half-length of the room.The Sleuth of St. James's Square
Melville Davisson Post
The girls wore long skirts and the boy had half-length pants.The Narrow House
She was then painting his picture, a half-length, of which she also made an etching.
The second was also a half-length, and belonged to his son Carl Philip Emanuel.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
- (of a portrait) showing only the body from the waist up and including the hands
- of half the entire or original length
- a half-length portrait
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