Origin of semi
Other definitions for semi (2 of 2)
Origin of semi-
words often confused with semi-
WORDS THAT USE SEMI-
What does semi- mean?
Semi– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “half.” In some instances, it is used figuratively to mean “partially,” “incompletely,” or “somewhat.” It is often used in a variety of technical and everyday terms.
Semi– comes from Latin sēmi-, meaning “half.” The Greek cognate of sēmi– is hēmi-, also meaning “half,” which is the source of English terms such as hemialgia and hemicardia. To learn more, check out our entries for both words.
Examples of semi-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features semi– is semicolon, “the punctuation mark (;).”
We know semi– means “half,” and a colon is the sign (:). The word colon itself comes from Greek kôlon, meaning “limb; part of a clause or period.” Semicolon literally translates to “half colon.”
What are some words that use the combining form semi-?
What are some other forms that semi– may be commonly confused with?
Break it down!
The word literate means “able to read and write.” With this in mind, what does semiliterate mean?
How to use semi in a sentence
Here they are semi-touching at a grocery store; she likes kombucha.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt|Melissa Leon|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Brinsley stepped up to the passenger side of the patrol car, raised a silver Taurus semi-automatic pistol and began firing.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tiger Lily and her tribe, however, were outfitted in semi-realistic outfits (read: nearly naked).‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life|Kevin Fallon|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the next hour and half I was the willing sex slave of a semi-professional Master I had met through a friend.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix|Justin Jones|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After curing the elderly of their semi-suicidal depression, winning the White House must seem like a snap.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew|Olivia Nuzzi|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our troops have done all that flesh and blood can do against semi-permanent works, and they are not able to carry them.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
The stop-keys will be seen arranged in an inclined semi-circle overhanging and just above the keyboards.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
There are four types: bituminous (soft), anthracite (hard), semi-bituminous and semi-anthracite.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
There were semi-savage native chiefs, and there were others, like Aguinaldo himself, with humane instincts.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The brilliant light of a policeman's torch sliced through the semi-darkness and spotted him.