(of a vessel, place, etc) holding or containing half its capacity

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Contemporary Examples of half-empty

  • That makes everybody feel good and talk about how the system can work and so on, but I see the glass as half-empty.

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    The Senate's Immigration Vote

    Michael Tomasky

    June 25, 2013

  • He also gave him stationary, shoelaces, a light for his bike, and a half-empty bottle of Grand Marnier.

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    Whitey Bulger's Wily Girl

    Christine Pelisek

    June 27, 2011

  • When I arrived at the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer, the pews were half-empty.

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    Mary Magdalene and Me

    Tracy Quan

    November 10, 2009

Historical Examples of half-empty

  • Harkaman looked at his half-empty glass, then filled it to the top.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • But he sat his horse all of a huddle, as limp as a half-empty sack of chaff.

  • So there was that strange, half-empty feeling about the house, as if the birds had flown.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • On the table was a half-empty bottle of champagne and a bedroom tumbler.

    The Hypocrite

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • There, he made at once for the half-empty decanter upon the table.

    The White Blackbird

    Hudson Douglas