Origin of half-inch
Examples from the Web for half-inch
The bread bakes up only about a half-inch thick,” explain the Lee brothers, “which means the crust-to-crumb ratio is quite high.
It requires an exceedingly steady hand to hold a plane firmly for squaring up a half-inch board.Carpentry for Boys|J. S. Zerbe
Take two half-inch pine boards 10-1/4 feet long, and nail one lightly on each side of the mould.
Their down was a thin, scanty, fuzzy covering, and the flight feathers were less than a half-inch in length.Jungle Peace|William Beebe
Mark the case, with a black-lead pencil, at every half-inch; suspend it in the lathe; and cut it at the marks.The Pyrotechnist's Treasury|Thomas Kentish
Get the blacksmith to make two half-inch iron rods; these are to connect the rudders with the cross-piece.