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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Half  \Half\  (h[aum]f),  a.  [AS.  healf,  half,  half;  as  a  noun 
  half,  side  part  akin  to  OS.,  OFries.,  &  D.  half,  G.  halb, 
  Sw  half,  Dan.  halv,  Icel.  h[=a]lfr,  Goth.  halbs.  Cf 
  {Halve},  {Behalf}.] 
  1.  Consisting  of  a  moiety,  or  half;  as  a  half  bushel;  a  half 
  hour;  a  half  dollar;  a  half  view. 
 
  Note:  The  adjective  and  noun  are  often  united  to  form  a 
  compound. 
 
  2.  Consisting  of  some  indefinite  portion  resembling  a  half; 
  approximately  a  half,  whether  more  or  less  partial; 
  imperfect;  as  a  half  dream;  half  knowledge. 
 
  Assumed  from  thence  a  half  consent.  --Tennyson. 
 
  {Half  ape}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  lemur. 
 
  {Half  back}.  (Football)  See  under  2d  {Back}. 
 
  {Half  bent},  the  first  notch,  for  the  sear  point  to  enter  in 
  the  tumbler  of  a  gunlock;  the  halfcock  notch. 
 
  {Half  binding},  a  style  of  bookbinding  in  which  only  the  back 
  and  corners  are  in  leather. 
 
  {Half  boarder},  one  who  boards  in  part  specifically,  a 
  scholar  at  a  boarding  school  who  takes  dinner  only. 
 
  {Half-breadth  plan}  (Shipbuilding),  a  horizontal  plan  of  the 
  half  a  vessel,  divided  lengthwise,  showing  the  lines. 
 
  {Half  cadence}  (Mus.),  a  cadence  on  the  dominant. 
 
  {Half  cap},  a  slight  salute  with  the  cap.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  {A  half  cock},  the  position  of  the  cock  of  a  gun  when 
  retained  by  the  first  notch. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Half  \Half\,  v.  t. 
  To  halve.  [Obs.]  See  {Halve}.  --Sir  H.  Wotton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Half  \Half\,  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.  ``Half  loth  and 
  half  consenting.''  --Dryden. 
 
  Their  children  spoke  halfin  the  speech  of  Ashdod. 
  --Neh.  xiii. 
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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Half  \Half\,  n.;  pl  {Halves}.  [AS.  healf.  See  {Half},  a.] 
  1.  Part  side  behalf.  [Obs.]  --Wyclif. 
 
  The  four  halves  of  the  house.  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  Not  half  his  riches  known  and  yet  despised. 
  --Milton. 
 
  A  friendship  so  complete  Portioned  in  halves  between 
  us  --Tennyson. 
 
  {Better  half}.  See  under  {Better}. 
 
  {In  half},  in  two  an  expression  sometimes  used  improperly 
  instead  of  in  or  into  halves;  as  to  cut  in  half. 
  [Colloq.]  --Dickens. 
 
  {In,  or  On},  {one's  half},  in  one's  behalf;  on  one's  part 
  [Obs.] 
 
  {To  cry  halves},  to  claim  an  equal  share  with  another. 
 
  {To  go  halves},  to  share  equally  between  two 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  half 
  adj  1:  consisting  of  one  of  two  equivalent  parts  in  value  or 
  quantity;  "a  half  chicken";  "lasted  a  half  hour"  [syn: 
  {half(a)}] 
  2:  partial;  "gave  me  a  half  smile";  "he  did  only  a  half  job" 
  [syn:  {half(a)}] 
  3:  (of  siblings)  related  through  one  parent  only;  "a  half 
  brother";  "half  sister"  [ant:  {whole}] 
  n  1:  one  of  two  equal  parts  of  a  divisible  whole;  "half  a  loaf" 
  or  "half  an  hour"  or  "a  century  and  one  half"  [syn:  {one-half}] 
  2:  in  various  games  or  performances:  either  of  two  periods  of 
  play  separated  by  an  interval 
  adv  :  partially  or  to  the  extent  of  a  half;  "he  was  half  hidden  by 
  the  bushes" 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HALF,  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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