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[haf-mahyl, hahf‐] /ˈhæfˈmaɪl, ˈhɑf‐/
a half of a mile (0.8 kilometer).
a race of half a mile.
measuring or running half a mile.
Origin of half-mile
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The berry pasture whither they were bound was about a half-mile from home.

  • After walking a half-mile we struck off to the right where the lights were bright.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • Traffic was slowing down and piling up despite the half-mile wide lanes.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
  • Brimstone Point could just be seen, a half-mile to the northeast.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • About one bush to the half-mile was the average, and usually under a boulder at that.

  • We shouldered our sacks for the half-mile walk to the Moondaisy.

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • Some half-mile from Phoros, the road runs through a solid rock by means of a tunnel about thirty yards long.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • They did not walk; so there was no lingering in the kirk-yard or at the half-mile corner.

    Christie Redfern's Troubles Margaret Robertson
  • A course a half-mile long was marked out and time-trials held in an effort to decide upon the fastest pair.

  • Then he thought of the car—a half-mile north—and the horses in the stable.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
British Dictionary definitions for half-mile


  1. half a mile
  2. (as modifier): a half-mile stretch of the river
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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