1. [ noun ] (mathematics) one of two equal parts of a divisible whole
Synonyms: one-half

"half a loaf" or "half an hour" or "a century and one half"

Related terms: common_fraction moiety fifty_percent
2. [ adjective ] consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity

"a half chicken" "lasted a half hour"

Related terms: fractional
3. [ adverb ] partially or to the extent of a half

"he was half hidden by the bushes"

4. [ adjective ] partial

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

Related terms: incomplete
5. [ adjective ] (of siblings) related through one parent only

"a half brother" "half sister"

Related terms: whole
6. [ noun ] (sport) in various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval
Related terms: playing_period second_half first_half football basketball
Similar spelling:   halfway