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definition of the word half

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Old English healf ('half'); as a noun, 'half', 'side', 'part'; akin to Old Saxon, Old Friesian, and Dutch half, German halb, Swedish half, Danish halv, Icelandic hālfr and Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌻𐌱𐍃 (halbs). Compare halve, behalf.

half (not comparable)

Positive
half

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Consisting of a moiety, or half
    a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view
  2. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect
    a half dream; half knowledge
    • Tennyson:
      Assumed from thence a half consent.


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