half-length

[haf-lengkth, -length, -lenth, hahf-]
noun
  1. something that is only half a full length or height, especially a portrait that shows only the upper half of the body, including the hands.
adjective
  1. of half the complete length or height.

Origin of half-length

First recorded in 1690–1700
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half-length

adjective
  1. (of a portrait) showing only the body from the waist up and including the hands
  2. of half the entire or original length
noun
  1. a half-length portrait
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