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  1. 30 seconds
  2. (as modifier): a half-minute lead
a short period of time; moment: I'll be a half-minute
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  • The half-minute or so of talk had enabled him to regain his breath.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • For about a half-minute that seemed a half-century, he didn't know what to do.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • Wait a moment, fair creature; give me one half-minute for an explanation.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • But it was only for a half-minute that old Parrish's endurance lasted.

  • In a half-minute Forister and I, in our shirts, faced each other.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • As a rule it is only the very intelligent who improve after the first half-minute.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • “They are firing in half-minute intervals,” whispered Roddy.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • They yelled in chorus, stopping at the end of every half-minute as if upon signal.

  • Nobody spoke for a half-minute; then Spurling broke the silence.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman
  • "Perhaps he had not the half-minute's warning in this case," said Lucy,—hypocrite that she was.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope

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