Half hitch
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 hitch — half′ hitch′ n. navig. a knot or hitch made by forming a bight and passing the end of the rope around the standing part and through the bight. • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • half hitch — ► NOUN ▪ a knot formed by passing the end of a rope round its standing part and then through the loop …   English terms dictionary

  • half hitch — n. a knot made by passing the end of a rope around the rope and then through the loop thus made: see KNOT1 …   English World dictionary

  • Half hitch — Knot details name=Half hitch caption=A half hitch made on the standing part. This knot, as a whole, is an Overhand knot. names= type=hitch strength= origin=Ancient related=Two half hitches, Clove hitch, Munter hitch, single hitch releasing=Non… …   Wikipedia

  • half hitch — noun a knot used to fasten a rope temporarily to an object; usually tied double • Hypernyms: ↑knot * * * noun : a knot usually tied double and used for temporarily securing a rope to an object by making a turn around the object, around the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • half hitch — a knot or hitch made by forming a bight and passing the end of the rope around the standing part and through the bight. See illus. under knot. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • half hitch — noun A knot or hitch made by passing the end of the rope once around the standing part or other rope …   Wiktionary

  • half-hitch — /ˈhaf hɪtʃ/ (say hahf hich) noun a hitch formed by passing the end of a rope round its standing part and bringing it up through the bight …   Australian English dictionary

  • half hitch — noun Date: 1769 a simple knot tied by passing the end of a line around an object, across the main part of the line, and then through the resulting loop see knot illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • half hitch — noun a knot formed by passing the end of a rope round its standing part and then through the loop …   English new terms dictionary

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