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half brother a male offspring related to siblings through one parent only.
half-caste (offensive) one whose parents are of different origins, esp. European and Hindu or European and Muslim. [2 definitions]
half-circle one half of a circle; semicircle.
half cock the partly raised position of the hammer of a firearm, at which point the trigger locks and cannot be pulled.
half-cocked of a firearm, with the hammer raised halfway and locked to prevent firing. [2 definitions]
half dollar a coin of the United States and Canada worth fifty cents.
half gainer a dive in which the diver, facing forward, executes half of a backward somersault, thus entering the water headfirst and facing the diving board.
halfhearted accomplished with or showing little interest or enthusiasm.
half hitch a knot made by making a loop in a rope and passing the end of the rope through the loop.
half-hour a period of time lasting thirty minutes. [4 definitions]
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.