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half-cracked[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. (Colloquial): Half-demented; half-witted

half-deck[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Zoölogy): A shell of the genus Crepidula; a boat shell. See boat shell
  2. See Half deck, under deck

half-decked[edit]

Adjective[edit]

Partially decked.

  1. Quotations
    • The half-decked craft . . . used by the latter Vikings. - Elton

halfen[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From half

Adjective[edit]

  1. (Obsolete): Wanting half its due qualities. - Spencer

halfendeal[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English halfendele. See half, and deal

Adverb[edit]

  1. (Obsolete): Half; by the part. - Chaucer

Noun[edit]

  1. (Obsolete): A half part. - R. of Brunne

halfer[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Obsolete): One who possesses or gives half only; one who shares. - Bp. Montagu
  2. A male fallow deer gelded. - Pegge (1814)

half-faced[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Showing only part of the face; wretched looking; meager. - Shakespeare

half-fish[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Zoölogy) (Provincial English): A salmon in its fifth year of growth.

half-hatched[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Imperfectly hatched; as, half-hatched eggs. - Gay

half-heard[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Imperfectly or partly heard to the end.
    Quotations
    • And leave half-heard the melancholy tale. - Pope

half-hearted[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Wanting in heart or spirit; ungenerous; unkind. - B. Jonson
  2. Lacking zeal or courage; lukewarm. <-- (of actions) not performed with full effort --> H. James

half-hourly[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Done or happening at intervals of half an hour.

half-learned[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Imperfectly learned.

half-length[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Of half the whole or ordinary length, as a picture.

half-mast[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. A point some distance below the top of a mast or staff; as, a flag a half-mast (a token of mourning, etc.).

half-moon[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. The moon at the quarters, when half its disk appears illuminated.
  2. The shape of a half-moon; a crescent.
    Quotations
    • See how in warlike muster they appear, In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings. Milton.
  3. (Fortification): An outwork composed of two faces, forming a salient angle whose gorge resembles a half-moon; -- now called a ravelin
  4. (Zoölogy): A marine, sparoid, food fish of California (Cæsiosoma Californiense). The body is ovate, blackish above, blue or gray below. Called also medialuna.

halfness[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Rare): The quality of being half; incompleteness
    Quotations
    • 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

halfpace[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Architecture): A platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight. See quarterpace
    Note This term and quartepace are rare or unknown in the United States, platform or landing being used instead

half-pike[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Military): A short pike, sometimes carried by officers of infantry, sometimes used in boarding ships; a spontoon. - Tatler

half-port[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Nautical): One half of a shutter made in two parts for closing a porthole.

half-ray[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Geometry): 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[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Informed by insufficient reading; superficial; shallow. - Dryden

half seas over[edit]

  1. (Slang: used only predicatively): Half drunk. - Spectator

half-sighted[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Seeing imperfectly; having weak discernment. - Bacon

half-sister[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. A sister by one parent only.

half-strained[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. (Rare): Half-bred; imperfect
    Quotations
    • A half-strained villain. - Dryden

half-sword[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. Half the length of a sword; close fight.
    Quotations
    • At half-sword - Shakespeare

half-timbered[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. (Architecture): Constructed of a timber frame, having the spaces filled in with masonry; -- said of buildings.

half-tounue[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Old Law): A jury, for the trial of a fore foreigner, composed equally of citizens and aliens.

halfway[edit]

Adverb[edit]

  1. In the middle; at half the distance; imperfectly; partially; as, he halfway yielded.
    Quotations
    • Temples proud to meet their gods halfway. Young

halfway[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Equally distant from the extremes; situated at an intermediate point; midway.

Derived expressions[edit]

  • 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.

half-wit[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. A foolish; a dolt; a blockhead; a dunce. - Dryden

half-witted[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. Weak in intellect; silly.

halibut[edit]

Variant[edit]

holibut

Etymology[edit]

Old English hali holy + but, butte, flounder; akin to Dutch bot, German butte; compare Dutch heilbot, German heilbutt. So named as being eaten on holidays. See holy, holiday

Noun[edit]

  1. (Zoölogy): A large, northern, marine flatfish (Hippoglossus vulgaris), of the family Pleuronectidae. It often grows very large, weighing more than three hundred pounds. It is an important food fish.

halichondriæ[edit]

Etymology[edit]

New Latin, from Greek, sea + cartilage

Plural noun[edit]

  1. (Zoölogy): An order of sponges, having simple siliceous spicules and keratose fibers; -- called also Keratosilicoidea

halicore[edit]

Etymology[edit]

New Latin, from Greek, sea + maiden

Noun[edit]

Same as dugong

halidom[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Anglo Saxon hāligdm holiness, sacrament, sanctuary, relics; hālig holy + -dm, English -dom. See holy

Noun[edit]

  1. (Archaic): Holiness; sanctity; sacred oath; sacred things; sanctuary; -- used chiefly in oaths.
    Quotations
    • So God me help and halidom. - Piers Plowman
    • By my halidom, I was fast asleep. Shakespeare
  2. (Rare): Holy doom; the Last Day. - Shipley

halieutics[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin halieuticus pertaining to fishing, Greek

Noun[edit]

A treatise upon fish or the art of fishing; ichthyology.

halmas[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See hallowmas

Adjective[edit]

  1. (Obsolete): The feast of All Saints; Hallowmas.

haliographer[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. One who writes about or describes the sea.

haliography[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Greek the sea + -graphy

Noun[edit]

  1. Description of the sea; the science that treats of the sea.

haliotis[edit]

Etymology[edit]

New Latin, from Greek sea + ear.]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Zoölogy): A genus of marine shells; the ear-shells. See abalone

haliotoid[edit]

Etymology[edit]

haliots + -oid

Adjective[edit]

  1. (Zoölogy): Like or pertaining to the genus Haliotis; ear-shaped.

halisauria[edit]

Etymology[edit]

New Latin, from Greek, sea +

Plural noun[edit]

  1. (Paleontology): The Enaliosauria.

halite[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Greek salt

Noun[edit]

  1. (Mineralogy): Native salt; sodium chloride.

halituous[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin halitus breath, vapor, from halare to breathe: compare French halitueux

Adjective[edit]

  1. Produced by, or like, breath; vaporous. - Boyle

halk[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Obsolete): A nook; a corner. - Chaucer

hall[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English halle, hal, Anglo Saxon heal, heall; akin to Dutch hal, Old Saxon and Old High German halla, German halle, Icelandic hölt, and probably from a root meaning, to hide, conceal, cover. See Hell, helmet

Noun[edit]

  1. A building or room of considerable size and stateliness, used for public purposes; as, Westminster Hall, in London.
  2. The chief room in a castle or manor house, and in early times the only public room, serving as the place of gathering for the lord's family with the retainers and servants, also for cooking and eating. It was often contrasted with the bower, which was the private or sleeping apartment.
    Quotations
    • Full sooty was her bower and eke her hall. - Chaucer
  3. (Hence as the entrance from outside was directly into the hall): A vestibule, entrance room, etc., in the more elaborated buildings of later times.
  4. (Hence also): Any corridor or passage in a building.
  5. A name given to many manor houses because the magistrate's court was held in the hall of his mansion; a chief mansion house. - Cowell
  6. A college in an English university (at Oxford, an unendowed college).
  7. The apartment in which English university students dine in common; hence, the dinner itself; as, hall is at six o'clock.
  8. (Obsolete): Cleared passageway in a crowd; -- formerly an exclamation.
    Quotations

Synonym[edit]

hallage[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. (Old English Law): A fee or toll paid for goods sold in a hall.

halliard[edit]

Noun[edit]

See halyard

hallidome[edit]

Noun[edit]

Same as halidom

hallier[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From hale to pull

Noun[edit]

  1. A kind of net for catching birds.

hall-mark[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. The official stamp of the Goldsmiths' Company and other assay offices, in the United Kingdom, on gold and silver articles, attesting their purity
  2. (figuratively): as, a word or phrase lacks the hall-mark of the best writers.

halloa[edit]

  1. See halloo

halloo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English halow. Perhaps from ah + lo; compare Anglo Saxon ealā, German halloh, French haler to set (a dog) on. Compare hollo, interjection

Noun[edit]

  1. A loud exclamation; a call to invite attention or to incite a person or an animal; a shout.
    Quotations
    • List! List! I hear Some far off halloo break the silent air. - Milton

Intransitive verb[edit]

Imperfect and past particple: hallooed
Present participle: Halloing

  1. To cry out; to exclaim with a loud voice; to call to a person, as by the word halloo.
    Quotations

halloo[edit]

Transitive verb[edit]

  1. To encourage with shouts.
    Quotations
    • Old John hallooes his hounds again. - Prior
  2. To chase with shouts or outcries.
    Quotations
    • If I fly . . . Halloo me like a hare. - Shakespeare
  3. To call or shout to; to hail. - Shakespeare

Interjection[edit]

  1. An exclamation to call attention or to encourage one.

hallow[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English halowen, halwien, halgien, Anglo Saxon hālgian, from hālig holy. See holy

Transitive verb[edit]

Imperfect and past particple: hallowed
Present participle: hallowing

  1. To make holy; to set apart for holy or religious use; to consecrate; to treat or keep as sacred; to reverence.
    Quotations
    • Hallowed be thy name." - Matthew, 6:9
    • Hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work therein. - Jeremiah, 17:24
    • His secret altar touched with hallowed fire. - Milton
    • In a larger sense . . . we can not hallow this ground [Gettysburg]. - A. Lincoln

hallowmas[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See mass the eucharist

Noun[edit]

  1. The feast of All Saints, or Allhallows
    Quotations
    • To speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas. - Shakespeare

halloysite[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Named after Omalius d'Halloy

Noun[edit]

  1. (Mineralogy): A claylike mineral, occurring in soft, smooth, amorphous masses, of a whitish color.

hallucinate[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin hallucinatus, alucinatus, past participle of hallucinari, alucinari, to wander in mind, talk idly, dream

Intransitive verb[edit]

  1. (Rare): To wander; to go astray; to err; to blunder; -- used of mental processes. - Byron