Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Half-breed (-brēd`) adjective Half-blooded.
Half-breed noun A person who is half-blooded; the offspring of parents of different races, especially of the American Indian and the white race.
Half-brother (-brŭth`ẽr) noun A brother by one parent, but not by both.
Half-caste (-kȧst) noun One born of a European parent on the one side, and of a Hindoo or Mohammedan on the other. Also adjective; as, half-caste parents.
(-klămd`) adjective Half-filled.
Lions' half-clammed entrails roar for food. Marston.
Half-cracked (-krăkt`) adjective Half-demented; half-witted. [ Colloq.]
(-dĕk`) noun 1. (Zoology) A shell of the genus Crepidula ; a boat shell. See Boat shell . 2. See Half deck , under Deck .
(-dĕkt) adjective Partially decked.
The half-decked craft . . . used by the latter Vikings. Elton.
Half-faced (-fāst`) adjective Showing only part of the face; wretched looking; meager. Shak.
Half-fish (-fĭsh`) noun (Zoology) A salmon in its fifth year of growth. [ Prov. Eng.]
Half-hatched (-hăcht`) adjective Imperfectly hatched; as, half-hatched eggs. Gay.
(-hẽrd`) adjective Imperfectly or partly heard; not heard to the end.
And leave half-heard the melancholy tale. Pope.
Half-hearted (-härt`ĕd) adjective
1. Wanting in heart or spirit; ungenerous; unkind. B. Jonson. 2. Lacking zeal or courage; lukewarm. H. James.
Half-hourly (-our`lȳ) adjective Done or happening at intervals of half an hour.
Half-learned (häf"lẽrnd`) adjective Imperfectly learned.
Half-length (-lĕngth`) adjective Of half the whole or ordinary length, as a picture.
Half-mast (-mȧst`) noun A point some distance below the top of a mast or staff; as, a flag a half-mast (a token of mourning, etc.).
(-mōn`) noun 1. The moon at the quarters, when half its disk appears illuminated. 2. The shape of a half-moon; a crescent.
See how in warlike muster they appear, Milton. 3. (Fort.) An outwork composed of two faces, forming a salient angle whose gorge resembles a half-moon; -- now called a ravelin . 4. (Zoology) A marine, sparoid, food fish of California ( Cæsiosoma Californiense ). The body is ovate, blackish above, blue or gray below. Called also medialuna .
In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons , and wings.
(hā"pĕn*nȳ or häf"-; 277), noun
; plural Half-pence
(- p e
ns) or Half-pennies
(- pĕn*nĭz). An English coin of the value of half a penny; also, the value of half a penny.
Half-pike (häf"pīk`) noun (Mil.) A short pike, sometimes carried by officers of infantry, sometimes used in boarding ships; a spontoon. Tatler.
Half-port (-pōrt`) noun (Nautical) One half of a shutter made in two parts for closing a porthole.
Half-ray (-rā`) noun (Geom.) A straight line considered as drawn from a center to an indefinite distance in one direction, the complete ray being the whole line drawn to an indefinite distance in both directions.
Half-read (-rĕd`) adjective Informed by insufficient reading; superficial; shallow. Dryden.
Half-sighted (-sīt`ĕd) adjective Seeing imperfectly; having weak discernment. Bacon.
Half-sister (-sĭs`tẽr) noun A sister by one parent only.
Half-strained (-strānd`) adjective Half-bred; imperfect. [ R.] "A half-strained villain." Dryden.
Half-sword (-sōrd`) noun Half the length of a sword; close fight. "At half- sword ." Shak.
Half-timbered (-tĭm`bẽrd) adjective (Architecture) Constructed of a timber frame, having the spaces filled in with masonry; -- said of buildings.
Half-tone adjective Having, consisting of, or pertaining to, half tones; specif. ( Photo- engraving ), pertaining to or designating plates, processes, or the pictures made by them, in which gradation of tone in the photograph is reproduced by a graduated system of dotted and checkered spots, usually nearly invisible to the unaided eye, produced by the interposition between the camera and the object of a screen. The name alludes to the fact that this process was the first that was practically successful in reproducing the half tones of the photograph.
Half-tongue (-tŭng`) noun (O. Law) A jury, for the trial of a foreigner, composed equally of citizens and aliens.
Half-wit (-wĭt`) noun A foolish person; a dolt; a blockhead; a dunce. Dryden.
Half-witted (-tĕd) adjective Weak in intellect; silly.
Half-yearly (-yēr`lȳ) adjective Two in a year; semiannual. -- adverb Twice in a year; semiannually.
(-kŏk`) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Halfcocked
(-kŏkt); present participle & verbal noun Halfcocking
.] To set the cock of (a firearm) at the first notch. To go off halfcocked
. (a) To be discharged prematurely, or with the trigger at half cock; -- said of a firearm. (b) To do or say something without due thought or care.
[ Colloq. or Low]
[ From Half
.] Wanting half its due qualities.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ Middle English halfendele
. See Half
, and Deal
.] Half; by the half part.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
-- noun A half part.
[ Obsolete] R. of Brunne.
Halfer (-ẽr) noun
1. One who possesses or gives half only; one who shares. [ Obsolete] Bp. Montagu. 2. A male fallow deer gelded. Pegge (1814).
(häf"nĕs) noun The quality of being half; incompleteness.
As soon as there is any departure from simplicity, and attempt at halfness , or good for me that is not good for him, my neighbor feels the wrong. Emerson.
(-pās`) noun (Architecture) A platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight. See Quarterpace .
» This term and quarterpace
are rare or unknown in the United States, platform
being used instead.
(häf"wā`) adverb In the middle; at half the distance; imperfectly; partially; as, he halfway yielded.
Temples proud to meet their gods halfway . Young.
Halfway adjective Equally distant from the extremes; situated at an intermediate point; midway. Halfway covenant , a practice among the Congregational churches of New England, between 1657 and 1662, of permitting baptized persons of moral life and orthodox faith to enjoy all the privileges of church membership, save the partaking of the Lord's Supper. They were also allowed to present their children for baptism. -- Halfway house , an inn or place of call midway on a journey.
(hŏl"ĭ*bŭt; 277) noun
[ Middle English hali
holy + but
, flounder; akin to Dutch bot
, German butte
; confer Dutch heilbot
, German heilbutt
. So named as being eaten on holidays. See Holy
.] (Zoology) A large, northern, marine flatfish ( Hippoglossus vulgaris ), of the family Pleuronectidæ . It often grows very large, weighing more than three hundred pounds. It is an important food fish.
[ Written also holibut
Halichondriæ (hăl`ĭ*kŏn"drĭ*ē) noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek "a`ls , "alo`s , sea + cho`ndros cartilage.] (Zoology) An order of sponges, having simple siliceous spicules and keratose fibers; -- called also Keratosilicoidea .
(hăl"ĭ*kōr; Latin hȧ*lĭk"o*rē) noun
[ New Latin , from Greek "a`ls
sea + ko`rh
maiden.] Same as Dugong .
[ Anglo-Saxon hāligdōm
holiness, sacrament, sanctuary, relics; hālig
holy + - dōm
, English -dom
. See Holy
.] 1. Holiness; sanctity; sacred oath; sacred things; sanctuary; -- used chiefly in oaths.
So God me help and halidom . Piers Plowman.
By my halidom , I was fast asleep. Shak. 2. Holy doom; the Last Day.
[ R.] Shipley.
Halieutics (-ū"tĭks) noun [ Latin halieuticus pertaining to fishing, Greek "alieytiko`s .] A treatise upon fish or the art of fishing; ichthyology.
[ See Hallowmas
.] The feast of All Saints; Hallowmas.
Haliographer (hā`lĭ*ŏg"rȧ*fẽr or hăl`ĭ-) noun One who writes about or describes the sea.
Haliography (-fȳ) noun [ Greek "a`ls the sea + -graphy .] Description of the sea; the science that treats of the sea.
(hā`lĭ*ō"tĭs or hăl`ĭ-) noun
[ New Latin , from Greek "a`ls
sea + o'y^s
, ear.] (Zoology) A genus of marine shells; the ear-shells. See Abalone .
Haliotoid (hā"lĭ*o*toid` or hăl"ĭ-) adjective [ Haliotis + - oid .] (Zoology) Like or pertaining to the genus Haliotis ; ear-shaped.