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HALF (halves)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does half mean? 

HALF (noun)
  The noun HALF has 2 senses:

1. one of two equal parts of a divisible whole
2. in various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval

  Familiarity information: HALF used as a noun is rare.


HALF (adjective)
  The adjective HALF has 3 senses:

1. consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity
2. partial
3. (of siblings) related through one parent only

  Familiarity information: HALF used as an adjective is uncommon.


HALF (adverb)
  The adverb HALF has 1 sense:

1. partially or to the extent of a half

  Familiarity information: HALF used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HALF (noun)


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Meaning:

One of two equal parts of a divisible whole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

half; one-half

Context examples:

half a loaf / half an hour / a century and one half

Hypernyms ("half" is a kind of...):

common fraction; simple fraction (the quotient of two integers)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "half"):

fifty percent (a half expressed as a percentage)

mediety; moiety (one of two (approximately) equal parts)


Sense 2half [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Hypernyms ("half" is a kind of...):

period of play; play; playing period ((in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "half"):

first half (the first of two halves of play)

last half; second half (the second of two halves of play)

Holonyms ("half" is a 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; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop)


HALF (adjective)


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Meaning:

Consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity

Context examples:

a half chicken / lasted a half hour

Similar:

fractional (constituting or comprising a part or fraction of a possible whole or entirety)


Sense 2half [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Partial

Context examples:

gave me a half smile / he did only a half job

Similar:

incomplete; uncomplete (not complete or total; not completed)


Sense 3half [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of siblings) related through one parent only

Context examples:

a half brother / half sister

Antonym:

whole ((of siblings) having the same parents)


HALF (adverb)


Sense 1half [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Partially or to the extent of a half

Context example:

he was half hidden by the bushes

Pertainym:

half (consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity)


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