Halve
Halve Halve (h[aum]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Halved} (h[aum]vd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Halving}.] [From {Half}.] 1. To divide into two equal parts; as, to halve an apple; to be or form half of. [1913 Webster]

So far apart their lives are thrown From the twin soul that halves their own. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) To join, as two pieces of timber, by cutting away each for half its thickness at the joining place, and fitting together. [1913 Webster]

3. Of a hole, match, etc., to reach or play in the same number of strokes as an opponent.


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  • halve — [hɑːv ǁ hæv] verb [intransitive, transitive] to go down to half of a previous amount, level etc, or to make something do this: • The share value of internet stocks has halved over the past three months. • He announced plans to sell more than $1… …   Financial and business terms

  • halve — [ha:v US hæv] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: half] 1.) to reduce something by a half ▪ Cash cuts have halved the number of places available on training courses. 2.) to cut or divide something into two equal pieces ▪ Halve the potatoes lengthwise …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • halve — [ hæv ] verb 1. ) transitive to reduce something to half its original size, number, or amount: The bank had to halve its discount rate. a ) intransitive to be reduced to half the original size, number, or amount: The number of people contracting… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • halve — [hav, häv] vt. halved, halving [ME halven < half, HALF] 1. to divide into two equal parts 2. to share (something) equally with someone [to halve one s winnings with another] 3. to reduce by fifty percent; reduce to half 4. Carpentry …   English World dictionary

  • Halve — Hal ve (h[aum]l ve), n. A half. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • halve — index bifurcate, cross (intersect), dichotomize, divide (separate), part (separate), split …   Law dictionary

  • halve — (v.) c.1200, halfen to divide in halves; see HALF (Cf. half). Meaning to reduce by half is from c.1400. Related: Halved; halving …   Etymology dictionary

  • halve — [v] cut in half bisect, divide equally, reduce by fifty percent, share equally, split in two; concept 98 Ant. combine …   New thesaurus

  • halve — ► VERB 1) divide into two parts of equal size. 2) reduce or be reduced by half …   English terms dictionary

  • halve — [[t]hɑ͟ːv, AM hæ̱v[/t]] halves, halving, halved 1) V ERG When you halve something or when it halves, it is reduced to half its previous size or amount. [V n] Dr Lee believes that men who exercise can halve their risk of cancer of the colon... [V… …   English dictionary

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