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half-life in physics, the time required for disintegration of half the atoms in a given quantity of radioactive material.
half-mast a point midway up a ship's mast, at which the flag is flown to signal distress or as a symbol of mourning. [2 definitions]
half-moon the moon in the first or last quarter, when half its disk is illuminated. [2 definitions]
half nelson a hold in which a wrestler passes one arm under the opponent's arm from behind and pushes the back of the opponent's neck.
half note a musical note sustained for half the duration of a whole note.
halfpenny a bronze coin of the United Kingdom worth one half of a new penny. [4 definitions]
half pint in the US, a unit of capacity equal to one fourth of a quart, 8 fluid ounces, or 236.6 milliliters; a cup. [3 definitions]
half shell either of the two shells of a bivalve mollusk such as an oyster or clam, often used as a serving container for raw or cooked seafood.
half sister a female offspring related to siblings through one parent only.
half size any size in women's dresses, coats, and other garments that is suitable for short, full-figured women.
half slip a skirtlike woman's undergarment.
half-sole to repair (shoes or boots) by putting on new half soles.
half sole a sole for a shoe or boot that extends from the instep to the toe.
half-staff a point midway up a mast or staff; half-mast.
half step in music, a semitone. [2 definitions]
half tide the condition or point in time of a tide halfway between its peak ebb and flow.
half-timbered of a house or other building, having an exposed framework of vertical, horizontal, or diagonal timbers, with the spaces in between filled with plaster or brick.
half time the intermission between the two halves of certain sports events, such as football or basketball games.
halftone in art, an intermediate tone, shade, or value between light and dark. [4 definitions]
half-track a motor vehicle, esp. an armored military one, with an endless-chain track on the rear drive wheels, or the track itself.
half-truth a partially true or correct statement, esp. one that intentionally omits facts essential for full truthfulness or accuracy, or includes some untruths.