Half pay
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 pay — Pay Pay, n. 1. Satisfaction; content. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • half´-pay´ — half pay, 1. half the usual or full wages or salary. 2. a payment made to a retired or inactive officer of the army or navy that is a prescribed percentage of his active pay. –half´ pay´, adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • half pay — 1. half one s regular pay. 2. a reduced amount paid to a British army or navy officer when not in actual service or after retirement. [1655 65] * * * half pay noun Reduced pay, as for an officer not on active service • • • Main Entry: ↑half * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Half-pay — Halbsold, halbierter Sold (engl.: half pay) bedeutete wortwörtlich, dass einem Soldaten nur der halbe Sold gezahlt wird, weil entweder gerade kein Krieg ist oder er trotz Krieg keine Verwendung findet. Die Bezeichnung „half pay“ taucht erstmals… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Half Pay — Halbsold, halbierter Sold (engl.: half pay) bedeutete wortwörtlich, dass einem Soldaten nur der halbe Sold gezahlt wird, weil entweder gerade kein Krieg ist oder er trotz Krieg keine Verwendung findet. Die Bezeichnung „half pay“ taucht erstmals… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • half-pay — /haf ˈpeɪ/ (say hahf pay) noun 1. half the full wages or salary. –adjective 2. of or relating to a person on half pay …   Australian English dictionary

  • half-pay — half the usual salary …   English contemporary dictionary

  • half pay — 1. half one s regular pay. 2. a reduced amount paid to a British army or navy officer when not in actual service or after retirement. [1655 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • half-pay — noun reduced wage paid to someone who is not working full time • Hypernyms: ↑wage, ↑pay, ↑earnings, ↑remuneration, ↑salary …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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