Origin of half-hour
Examples from the Web for half-hour
As an election tactic, it was a Hail-Mary move: a half-hour address by an aging actor of no political standing or constituency.
The ferries run every half-hour to the Russian mainland, but they take only a few dozen cars on each trip.
He would spend at least a half-hour being decontaminated afterward.‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’: Minnesota Widow on Her Husband|Michael Daly|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A year earlier the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and The Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC had expanded to a half-hour.Lyndon Johnson’s Last Miracle: The Civil Rights Act Turns 50|Nicolaus Mills|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
McMinnville, Tennessee is less than a half-hour from “the farm” where the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place.
"I was somewhere about this spot when the half-hour struck last night, for your clocks were fast," remarked Rupert.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
If you could but slip for one half-hour into your mad brother's skin.Margery [Gred], Complete|Georg Ebers
And we fought there a half-hour by the clock, till our breath failed us, and never a blow could we get home on one another.Sir Ludar|Talbot Baines Reed
A child from three to six years old will require from ten drops to half a teaspoon of the syrup every half-hour till relieved.Housekeeping in Old Virginia|Marion Cabell Tyree
"See what this man says: 'If you will only deign to grant me one half-hour,'" she repeated, with an imitation of languor.Sister Carrie|Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for half-hour
- a period of 30 minutes
- (as modifier)a half-hour stint on the treadmill
- the point of time 30 minutes after the beginning of an hour
- (as modifier)a half-hour chime