noun, plural halves [havz, hahvz] /hævz, hɑvz/.
- half dollar.
- the sum of 50 cents: Four dimes and two nickels make a half.
- not at all; not really: His first attempts at painting are not half bad.
- half(def 20).
Origin of half
Examples from the Web for half
Eric Garcetti succeeded Villaraigosa and has received high marks in his first year and a half on the job.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As a result, training squadrons—called Formal Training Units (FTU)—are being staffed with less than half the people they need.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Travel Noire fellows earned about a half million travel miles in 2014.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Murders in the City of Angels have fallen by about half in the last 10 years: no small feat for such a big city.
Do those things," he said, "and you'll have half a chance of being successful.
Perhaps I was wrong to lose my temper and threaten him, but I am half mad.An American Suffragette|Isaac N. Stevens
He had a selection on a long box-scrub siding of the ridges, about half a mile back and up from the coach road.On the Track|Henry Lawson
The morning after our departure was very foggy, and towards noon we had to slow down to less than half speed.Under the Dragon Flag|James Allan
This class, Mr. C. supposes, embraces one half of the whole number transported from Africa.Abolitionism Exposed!|W. W. Sleigh
This time he did not regain his poise, but with a movement that seemed half a leap, half a fall, launched himself into mid-air.Hour of Enchantment|Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for half
noun plural halves (hɑːvz)
- either of two equal or corresponding parts that together comprise a whole
- a quantity equalling such a parthalf a dozen
- to share the expenses (of something with one other person)
- to share the whole amount (of something with another person)to go halves on an orange
- being a half or approximately a halfhalf the kingdom
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)half of them came
- not in any wayhe's not half clever enough
- British really; very; indeedhe isn't half stupid
- certainly; yes, indeed
Related formsRelated prefixes: bi-, demi-, hemi-, semi-
Word Origin for half
Idioms and Phrases with half
In addition to the idioms beginning with half
- half a heart, with
- half a loaf is better than none
- half a mind
- half of it
- half the battle
- at half-mast
- better half
- by half
- glass is half full
- go halfway
- go off (half-cocked)
- in half
- not bad (half bad)
- six of one, half dozen of the other
- time and a half
- with half an eye
Also see underhalfwayhalves.