- incompletely or partially: to do things by halves.
- halfheartedly: better not at all than by halves.
Definition for halves (2 of 3)
noun, plural halves [havz, hahvz] /hævz, hɑvz/.
- half dollar.
- the sum of 50 cents: Four dimes and two nickels make a half.
Origin of half
Definition for halves (3 of 3)
verb (used with object), halved, halv·ing.
Origin of halve
Related formsun·halved, adjective
Can be confusedhalve have
Examples from the Web for halves
It turns out that a nail clipper, divided into two halves and hooked up directly into a power socket will boil water.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The halves are divided on whether Kiev is doing a good job right now.
To give a more vivid picture of the Donetsk population as he understood it, Verin drew a circle and divided it in two halves.
Transfer the halves and cylinders to a medium sauté pan with the chicken stock and butter and bring to a simmer.Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook|Daniel Boulud|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Here, Lee is looking to use shorter-run fare as a bridge between the two halves of 22 or 24-episode dramas.
After his death his halves were discovered intact done up with red tape!Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life|Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
The atlas ossifies from three centres, one forming the mid-ventral portion, the others the two halves of the remainder.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
Prepare according to directions given for Apricot Salad, and stuff the halves with maraschino cherries and chopped nuts.The Myrtle Reed Cook Book|Myrtle Reed
Cut a ripe and chilled watermelon in halves, crosswise the melon.
Wipe and split two large pork tenderloins in halves lengthwise; sprinkle with salt, pepper and dredge with flour.Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners|Elizabeth O. Hiller
British Dictionary definitions for halves (1 of 2)
Word Origin for halve
British Dictionary definitions for halves (2 of 2)
noun plural halves (hɑːvz)
- either of two equal or corresponding parts that together comprise a whole
- a quantity equalling such a parthalf a dozen
- to share the expenses (of something with one other person)
- to share the whole amount (of something with another person)to go halves on an orange
- being a half or approximately a halfhalf the kingdom
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)half of them came
- not in any wayhe's not half clever enough
- British really; very; indeedhe isn't half stupid
- certainly; yes, indeed
Related formsRelated prefixes: bi-, demi-, hemi-, semi-
Word Origin for half
Idioms and Phrases with halves (1 of 2)
see by halves; go halves. Also see under half.
Idioms and Phrases with halves (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with half
- half a heart, with
- half a loaf is better than none
- half a mind
- half of it
- half the battle
- at half-mast
- better half
- by half
- glass is half full
- go halfway
- go off (half-cocked)
- in half
- not bad (half bad)
- six of one, half dozen of the other
- time and a half
- with half an eye
Also see underhalfwayhalves.