In an equal part or degree; in some pa appromating a half; partially; imperfectly; as, half-coloured, half done, half-hearted, half persuaded, half conscious. "Half loth and half consenting." "Their children spoke halfin the speech of Ashdod." (Neh. Xiii. 24)
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, a middle or intermediate tint, as in drawing or painting. See Demitint. Half truth, a statement only partially true, or which gives only a part of the truth. Half year, the space of six moths; one term of a school when there are two terms in a year.
Origin: AS. Healf, half, half; as a noun, half, side, part; akin to OS, OFries, & D. Half, G. Halb, Sw. Half, Dan. Halv, Icel. Halfr, Goth. Halbs. Cf. Halve, Behalf.
(01 Mar 1998)
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