- a half of a mile (0.8 kilometer).
- a race of half a mile.
- measuring or running half a mile.
Origin of half-mile
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for half-mile
"Fifty-one and a half for the half-mile," he imparted to Crane, looking at his watch.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Then he thought of the car—a half-mile north—and the horses in the stable.Dust
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
- half a mile
- (as modifier)a half-mile stretch of the river