Origin of half step
Examples from the Web for half-step
Melodies are often semi-sung chants, or rely heavily on repeated notes and small step and half-step intervals.
The steel robot took a half-step toward him, and Burckhardt involuntarily checked his stride.The Tunnel Under The World|Frederik Pohl
To the ear of the author the pitch varies through an interval somewhat less than a half-step.Unwritten Literature of Hawaii|Nathaniel Bright Emerson
Johnnie took a half-step forward, when Hull pressed him back.House of Torment|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
An augmented prime is one whose second tone is one half-step higher than the first.
The half-step is usually defined as "the smallest usable interval between two tones."