[hɑːf] or [hæf]


(noun.) one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval.

(adj.) (of siblings) related through one parent only; 'a half brother'; 'half sister' .

(adj.) consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity; 'a half chicken'; 'lasted a half hour' .

(adj.) partial; 'gave me a half smile'; 'he did only a half job' .

(adv.) partially or to the extent of a half; 'he was half hidden by the bushes'.

编辑:帕特里克--From WordNet


(a.) Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view.

(a.) Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge.

(adv.) In an equal part or degree; in some pa/ appro/mating a half; partially; imperfectly; as, half-colored, half done, half-hearted, half persuaded, half conscious.

(a.) Part; side; behalf.

(a.) 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.

(v. t.) To halve. [Obs.] See Halve.



n. Moiety.



as in a school session:—pl. Halves adj. having or consisting of one of two equal parts: being in part: incomplete as measures.—adv. in an equal part or degree: in part: imperfectly.—v.i. to divide into two equal parts.—ns. Half′-and-half a mixture of beer or porter and ale; Half′-back in football a position on the right or left side of the field between the quarter-back and full-back or directly behind the forwards: a player occupying this position.—adj. Half′-baked underdone: incomplete: half-witted.—v.t. Half′-baptise′ to baptise privately and hastily.—ns. Half′-bind′ing a style of bookbinding in which the backs and corners are of leather and the sides of paper or cloth;



n. One of two equal parts into which a thing may be divided or considered as divided. In the fourteenth century a heated discussion arose among theologists and philosophers as to whether Omniscience could part an object into three halves; and the pious Father Aldrovinus publicly prayed in the cathedral at Rouen that God would demonstrate the affirmative of the proposition in some signal and unmistakable way and particularly (if it should please Him) upon the body of that hardy blasphemer Manutius Procinus who maintained the negative. Procinus however was spared to die of the bite of a viper.





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