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Half appears in the following tongue twister:

  • If Pickford's packers packed a packet of crisps would the packet of crisps that Pickford's packers packed survive for two and a half years?
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The word HALF can be typed using only the middle row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun half:

conversational speech44.3%task-oriented speech55.7%

Half is sometimes a misspelling of after.

The word half is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun half

What does half mean as a name of something?

Half is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: halves

  1. one of two equal parts of a divisible whole
    • examples: half a loaf | half an hour | a century and one half
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of half: one-half
    • more generic terms: common fraction / simple fraction = the quotient of two integers
    • more specific terms:
  2. one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic words: division / part / section = one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: football / football game = any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal; basketball / basketball game / hoops = a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; period of play / play / playing period = the time during which play proceeds

Alternative definition of the noun half


  1. One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; — sometimes followed by of; as, a 'half' of an apple.
    • synonym: ½
  2. [sport] One of the two opposite parts of the playing field of various sports, in which each starts the game.
  3. Half of a standard measure; frequently used [British] for half a pint of beer or cider.
  4. [arithmetic, preceded by “a” or a number] The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.
  5. [obsolete] part; side; behalf — Wyclif

Specialised definition of the noun half

Glossary of sports / freestyle skiing

a flip with a half twist

Glossary of sports / soccer

one of the 45-minute periods of play into which each 90-minute match is divided (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective half

What does half mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity
    • examples: a half chicken | lasted a half hour
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: fractional
  2. partial
    • examples: gave me a half smile | he did only a half job
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: incomplete / uncomplete
  3. (of siblings) related through one parent only
    • examples: a half brother | half sister
    • antonym: whole

Alternative definition of the adjective half


  1. Consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%).
  2. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.
  3. [context: of a sibling] Having one parent (rather than two) in common.
  4. [context: rare, of a relative other than a sibling] Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.

Definition of the adverb half

What does half mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. partially or to the extent of a half
    • example: he was half hidden by the bushes

Alternative definition of the adverb half


  1. In two equal parts or to an equal degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly

Definition of the verb half

What does half mean as a doing word?


  1. [transitive, obsolete] To halve.


"Half" is a 2011 short romantic film written and directed by Alex Bohs.


  1. "Half" is a composition.
  2. "HALF" is a musical album of Kazuyoshi Saito.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  3. "HALF" is a musical album of Kazuyoshi Saito.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  4. "Half" is a musical album of The Soundrops.
  5. "Half" is a composition.

Phrases with Half

Phrases starting with the word Half:

  1. HALF-
  2. Half Ass
  3. Half Cut
  4. Half Lit
  5. Half-Ass
  6. Half-elf
  7. half-pay
  8. half-wit
  9. half aunt
  10. Half Bath
  11. half boot
  12. Half Cell
  13. half door
  14. half life
  15. half mask
  16. half mile
  17. half note

Phrases ending with the word Half:

  1. Fly-Half
  2. not half
  3. one-half

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Half

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Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Take of cardamom seeds, carraway seeds, cochineal, of each powdered two drachms, cinnamon bark bruised half an ounce, raisins stoned lour ounces, proof spirit two pints. Macerate during fourteen days, and filter. Medical properties.

Google previewFocal Illustrated Dictionary of Telecommunications (2013)

by Xerxes Mazda, Fraidoon Mazda

half bridge: See remote bridge. half duplex: A ...

Google previewLexicon Pharmaceuticum, Or a Pharmaceutical Dictionary (1828)

Comprehending the Pharmacopoeias of London, Edinburgh, and Dublin, with a Variety of Other Useful Information Relative to Medicine and Pharmacy, Designed Expressly for the Use of Students by Thomas Castle

Take of orange-peel dried, two drachms; lemon-peel fresh, a drachm; cloves bruised, half a drachm; hoiling water, half a pint. Macerate for a quarter of an hour in a lightly covered vessel, and strain. Principally used in dyspepsia, flatulent colic, ...

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Quotes about Half

One half Milord, one half in trade,
One half a sage, one half a dunce,
One half a crook, but here for once
There's every hope he'll make the grade. (Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin)
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Scrabble value of H4A1L1F4

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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