an inn or stopping place situated approximately midway between two places on a road.
any place considered as midway in a course.
a residence for former mental patients, convicts, or recovering drug users or alcoholics that serves as a transitional environment between confinement and the return to society.
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Does Bimonthly Mean Twice A Month Or Every Two Months?The prefix bi- usually means ‘every two’, so bimonthly means ‘every two months’.Semi- means ‘half’ or ‘halfway’, so semimonthly means ‘every two weeks’. However, bimonthly can also mean ‘twice a month’ – but it is rarely used that way. It is best to remember that bi- is “every two” and semi- is “halfway.”
Origin of halfway house
First recorded in 1685–95
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Examples from the Web for halfway house
I don't know what I should have done if one had made a halfway-house of my hair!Set in Silver|Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
But it is only a halfway-house between common credulity and scientific method.Introduction to the Study of History|Charles V. Langlois
From the Halfway-house to Cape Town the character of the landscape completely changes.Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I|Karl Ritter von Scherzer
British Dictionary definitions for halfway house
a place to rest midway on a journey
the halfway point in any progression
a centre or hostel designed to facilitate the readjustment to private life of released prisoners, mental patients, etc
British a compromisea halfway house between fixed and floating exchange rates
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Medicine definitions for halfway house
[ hăf′wā′ ]
A rehabilitation facility for individuals, such as mental patients or substance abusers, who no longer require the complete facilities of a hospital or other institution but who are not yet prepared to return to their communities.
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