Half back
Half Half (h[aum]f), a. [AS. healf, half, half; as a noun, half, side, part; akin to OS., OFries., & D. half, G. halb, Sw. half, Dan. halv, Icel. h[=a]lfr, Goth. halbs. Cf. {Halve}, {Behalf}.] 1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view. [1913 Webster]

Note: The adjective and noun are often united to form a compound. [1913 Webster]

2. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge. [1913 Webster]

Assumed from thence a half consent. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

{Half ape} (Zo["o]l.), a lemur.

{Half back}. (Football) See under 2d {Back}.

{Half bent}, the first notch, for the sear point to enter, in the tumbler of a gunlock; the halfcock notch.

{Half binding}, a style of bookbinding in which only the back and corners are in leather.

{Half boarder}, one who boards in part; specifically, a scholar at a boarding school who takes dinner only.

{Half-breadth plan} (Shipbuilding), a horizontal plan of one half a vessel, divided lengthwise, showing the lines.

{Half cadence} (Mus.), a cadence on the dominant.

{Half cap}, a slight salute with the cap. [Obs.] --Shak.

{At half cock}, the position of the cock of a gun when retained by the first notch.

{Half hitch}, a sailor's knot in a rope; half of a clove hitch.

{Half hose}, short stockings; socks.

{Half measure}, an imperfect or weak line of action.

{Half note} (Mus.), a minim, one half of a semibreve.

{Half pay}, half of the wages or salary; reduced pay; as, an officer on half pay.

{Half price}, half the ordinary price; or a price much reduced.

{Half round}. (a) (Arch.) A molding of semicircular section. (b) (Mech.) Having one side flat and the other rounded; -- said of a file.

{Half shift} (Mus.), a position of the hand, between the open position and the first shift, in playing on the violin and kindred instruments. See {Shift}.

{Half step} (Mus.), a semitone; the smallest difference of pitch or interval, used in music.

{Half tide}, the time or state of the tide equally distant from ebb and flood.

{Half time}, half the ordinary time for work or attendance; as, the half-time system.

{Half tint} (Fine Arts), a middle or intermediate tint, as in drawing or painting. See {Demitint}.

{Half truth}, a statement only partially true, or which gives only a part of the truth. --Mrs. Browning.

{Half year}, the space of six months; one term of a school when there are two terms in a year. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Half back — Back Back (b[a^]k), n. [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. {Bacon}.] 1. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • half|back — «HAF BAK, HAHF », noun. 1. Football. either of two players in the backfield who stand farther back than, and to the right and left of, the quarterback. 2. (in Rugby, soccer, and football) a player who is stationed behind the forward line or scrum …   Useful english dictionary

  • Half back — A halfback or half back may refer to:* The fly half or scrum half positions in rugby union football * The scrum half position in rugby league football * A traditional type of defender/midfielder in football (soccer), who would either be centre… …   Wikipedia

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  • half-back — noun the half backs are the scrum half and the fly half …   Wiktionary

  • Half back — Halfback Cet article court présente un sujet plus amplement développé ici : Running back. Halfback est une désignation particulière du poste de running back au football américain. Portail du football américain Ce document provient de «… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • half back — backfield player (Football) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • half·back — /ˈhæfˌbæk, Brit ˈhɑːfˌbæk/ noun, pl backs [count] 1 American football : a player on offense who lines up next to the fullback and who runs with the ball and blocks 2 : a defensive player in games like soccer and field hockey who is positioned in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Half-back line — In the sport of Australian rules football, the half back line refers to the positions of the 3 players on the field that occupy the centre half back and left and right half back flank positions.Half back flankers are usually players used to run… …   Wikipedia

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