Origin of semi
Definition for semi (2 of 2)
Origin of semi-
Examples from the Web for semi
South Korea kept on going, through the quarterfinals, all the way to the semi, which they barely lost to Germany.
One can perhaps tolerate the views expressed on Tuesday night in semi demented, rich old uncles.
A leashed dog flitted from pickup to semi to tour bus, sometimes pulling its handler as it charged ahead.U.S. Drug and Immigration Checkpoints Take Toll on Border Towns|Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz|June 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It carries enough goods in a year to fill literally millions of semi trucks.
Chenard said he pulled the car up along side of the semi and they saw the back tires of the trailer were engulfed in flames.
Semi hastily retreated behind Mr. Colon, thinking it might be a Jayhawker, while the professor adjusted his glasses.Buffalo Land|W. E. Webb
It seemed to me like you could either fire a semi or bolt action in about the same time.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
This is thought to be donne per the councell of Semi Done, whome is very much hated therefore of the comune people.Diary of Richard Cocks Vol. I|Richard Cocks
In a few minutes we all had our knitting, and seated ourselves so as to form a semi- or half-circle round the good woman.Forgotten Tales of Long Ago|E. V. Lucas
Gasping for breath in the stifling heat they sought to fan themselves into a semi consciousness.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)|James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for semi (1 of 2)
noun plural semis
British Dictionary definitions for semi (2 of 2)
Word Origin for semi-
Word Origin and History for semi
before vowels sem-, word-forming element meaning "half, part, partly; partial, imperfect; twice," from Latin semi- "half," from PIE *semi- "half" (cf. Sanskrit sami "half," Greek hemi- "half," Old English sam-, Gothic sami- "half").
Old English cognate sam- was used in such compounds as samhal "poor health," literally "half-whole;" samsoden "half-cooked," figuratively "stupid" (cf. half-baked); samcucu "half-dead," literally "half-alive;" and the last survivor of the group, sandblind "dim-sighted" (q.v.). Common in Latin (e.g. semi-gravis "half-drunk," semi-hora "half hour," semi-mortuus "half-dead," semi-nudus "half-naked," semi-vir "half-man, hermaphrodite"). The Latin-derived form in English has been active in forming native words since 15c.