- a unit of weight equal to 8 ounces avoirdupois (0.227 kilogram) or 6 ounces troy or apothecaries' weight (0.187 kilogram).
Origin of half-pound
First recorded in 1545–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for half-pound
We are interrupted by the arrival of her burger, a gigantic, half-pound slab of beef sandwiched between two shiny brioche buns.‘Family Guy’ Star Alex Borstein Is Ready for Her HBO Close-Up
November 12, 2013
It had a one-inch bore, which carried about a half-pound ball.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
"I only got a half-pound of steak," he said, coming in one afternoon with his papers.Sister Carrie
One half-pound of cutbear will dye one pound of woollen cloth.
I was curious to examine the effect of the half-pound shell.In the Heart of Africa
Samuel White Baker
That little line is the half-pound, and the fish pulls the spring to that line.A Danish Parsonage
John Fulford Vicary