- the period indicating completion of half the time allowed for an activity, as for a football or basketball game or an examination.
- Sports. the intermission or rest period between the two halves of a football, basketball, or other game, during which spectators are often entertained by baton twirling, marching bands, or the like.
- pertaining to or taking place during a halftime: The football fans were treated to a halftime exhibition by the marching band.
Origin of halftime
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Examples from the Web for halftime
By halftime a crowd of what appeared to be a few hundred people had amassed in the bitter cold.‘I Can’t Breathe’ Makes It Onto the Court for Will and Kate to See
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At halftime somebody had come into the dressing room and told us Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japs.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
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A contest is divided into two 45-minute periods with a 15-minute halftime, and there are no commercials to interrupt the action.
The second goal came on the brink of halftime, after Casillas punched a ball right back at the feet of Charles Aranguiz.Chile Ends Spain’s World Cup Reign
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His words, fired randomly and at varying volumes, thunder like a halftime speech.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
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But putting him on halftime, and Nels with five children to support, seemed like extreme punishment.Double Challenge
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