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HALF. One equal part of a thing divided into two parts, either in fact or in contemplation. A moiety. This word is used in composition; as, half cent, half dime, &c.

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I thieved for you when I was a child not half as old as this
It was not half written, when, in an interval of rest, I thought of returning home.
Trefusis mentioned that the apprenticeship of a mason was quite as long, twice as laborious, and not half so pleasant.
And so I advise you, senor, fail not to be present to-morrow at his burial, which will be well worth seeing, for Chrysostom had many friends, and it is not half a league from this place to where he directed he should be buried.
As some of my readers may feel an interest in the fate of poor Eudosia, I will take occasion to say, before I proceed with the account of my own fortunes, that it was not half as bad as might have been supposed.
The eyes that shed those glances were really not half so fine as Adam's, which sometimes looked at her with a sad, beseeching tenderness, but they had found a ready medium in Hetty's little silly imagination, whereas Adam's could get no entrance through that atmosphere.
No, monsieur; I should like my wife to be my wife, and not half my mother.
But this only enormity in their character is not half so horrible as it is usually described.
We knew very well that Palestine was a country which did not do a large passenger business, and every man we came across who knew any thing about it gave us to understand that not half of our party would be able to get dragomen and animals.
It is not half as useful as Logic, for it does not prove anything, and it is always telling one of things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true.
Of course not," added Jim, with a touch of scorn; "those little wooden legs of yours are not half as long as my own.
Facts are stubborn things, but as some one has wisely said, not half so stubborn as fallacies.