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[haf-lengkth, -length, -lenth, hahf-]
  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.
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  1. of half the complete length or height.
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Origin of half-length

First recorded in 1690–1700
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Examples from the Web for half-length

Historical Examples

  • He had cut the fuse to half-length, and he had not long to wait.

    The White Mice

    Richard Harding Davis

  • The two men regarded each other across the half-length of the room.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

  • The girls wore long skirts and the boy had half-length pants.

    The Narrow House

    Evelyn Scott

  • She was then painting his picture, a half-length, of which she also made an etching.

  • The second was also a half-length, and belonged to his son Carl Philip Emanuel.


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams

British Dictionary definitions for half-length


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