1. 30 seconds
  2. (as modifier)a half-minute lead
a short period of time; momentI'll be a half-minute

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Examples from the Web for half-minute

Historical Examples of half-minute

  • The half-minute or so of talk had enabled him to regain his breath.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • For about a half-minute that seemed a half-century, he didn't know what to do.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • Wait a moment, fair creature; give me one half-minute for an explanation.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • But it was only for a half-minute that old Parrish's endurance lasted.

  • In a half-minute Forister and I, in our shirts, faced each other.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane