- one, One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; " sometimes followed by of; as, a of an apple.
verb (halves, halving, halved)
- : Not his riches known, and yet despised.
- : A friendship so complete Portioned in halves between us
- Half of a standard measure; frequently used for half a pint of beer or cider.
- 1968 , John Braine, The crying game, Houghton Mifflin, http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC00291981&id=8GYhAAAAMAAJ&q=pint+%22a+half+of+bitter%22+-pint-and-a-half+date:1961-1980&dq=pint+%22a+half+of+bitter%22+-pint-and-a-half+date:1961-1980&num=100&pgis=1 p. 11,
- :He came back with a pint of Guinness for me and a of bitter for Wendy.
- 1974 , James Herriot, All Things Bright and Beautiful, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312020309,
- :I accepted a of bitter from him.
- 2006 , Bill Appleton, Wide Boy, Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie, ISBN 1843862530, http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN1843862530&id=BK_ZSZW3LVsC&pg=PA168&lpg=PA168&ots=xRJ0vS0R0F&dq=pint+%22a+half+of+lager%22+-pint-and-a-half+date:2000-2007&num=100&sig=CQ4kR-PCwEgrrDmgoq3ipacsvl0 p. 168,
- :I went to the bar where I bought a pint and two large brandies. ... "Not brandy," she replied, "but I could use a long drink - maybe a of lager.
- (arithmetic, preceded by "a" or a number) The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.
- Three-quarters minus a quarter is a .
- (obsolete) part; side; behalf " Wyclif
- : The four halves of the house
- (context, transitive, obsolete) To halve.
- Consisting of a moiety, or half
- a bushel; a hour; a dollar; a view
- Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect
- a dream; knowledge
- : Assumed from thence a consent.
- In an equal part or degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly
- -colored; done; -hearted; persuaded; conscious
Etymology: healf ('half'); as a noun, 'half', 'side', 'part'; akin to Old Saxon, Old Friesian, and Dutch halfDutch, half, German halb, Swedish halfSwedish, half, Danish halv, Icelandic hÄlfr and Gothic (halbs). Compare halve, behalf.
- : Half loth and consenting.
- Nehemiah 13:24:
- : Their children spoke in the speech of Ashdod.
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