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[haf-mahyl, hahf‐]
  1. a half of a mile (0.8 kilometer).
  2. a race of half a mile.
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  1. measuring or running half a mile.
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Origin of half-mile

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Historical Examples

  • "Fifty-one and a half for the half-mile," he imparted to Crane, looking at his watch.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Then he thought of the car—a half-mile north—and the horses in the stable.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • But when he was a half-mile on the other side he drew into a dense cluster of bushes and waited.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • "She's thrown it a half-mile, or less, in the bushes," said Luke.

  • Soon his orbit had a diameter of a half-mile; then a mile; then two.

    Under Arctic Ice

    H.G. Winter

British Dictionary definitions for half-mile


    1. half a mile
    2. (as modifier)a half-mile stretch of the river
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