Half Half (h[aum]f), n.; pl. {Halves} (h[aum]vz). [AS. healf. See {Half}, a.] 1. Part; side; behalf. [Obs.] --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

The four halves of the house. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; -- sometimes followed by of; as, a half of an apple. [1913 Webster]

Not half his riches known, and yet despised. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

A friendship so complete Portioned in halves between us. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

{Better half}. See under {Better}.

{In half}, in two; an expression sometimes used improperly instead of {in halves} or {into halves}; as, to cut in half. [Colloq.] --Dickens.

{In one's half} or {On one's half}, in one's behalf; on one's part. [Obs.]

{To cry halves}, to claim an equal share with another.

{To go halves}, to share equally between two. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • halves — [hɑːvz ǁ hævz] adverb go halves informal to share something equally: • We decided to go halves on the investment. * * * halves UK US /hɑːvz/ US  /hævz/ noun [plural] ● not/never do things by halves Cf. not/never do things by halves …   Financial and business terms

  • Halves — (h[aum]vz), n., pl. of {Half}. [1913 Webster] {By halves}, by one half at once; halfway; fragmentarily; partially; incompletely. [1913 Webster] I can not believe by halves; either I have faith, or I have it not. J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster] {To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • halves — [ha:vz US hævz] 1.) the plural of ↑half 2.) go halves (with sb) BrE if you go halves with someone, you divide something equally between you, especially money …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • halves — [havz, hävz] n. pl. of HALF by halves 1. halfway; imperfectly 2. halfheartedly go halves to share expenses, etc. equally …   English World dictionary

  • halves — the plural of half …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • halves — /havz, hahvz/, n. 1. pl. of half. 2. by halves, a. incompletely or partially: to do things by halves. b. halfheartedly: better not at all than by halves. 3. go halves, to share equally; divide evenly. * * * …   Universalium

  • halves — /havz / (say hahvz) plural noun 1. plural of half. –phrase 2. by halves, a. incompletely. b. half heartedly. 3. for (or on){{}} (the) halves, (formerly) …   Australian English dictionary

  • halves — [[t]hævz, hɑvz[/t]] n. pl. of half • by halves go halves …   From formal English to slang

  • HALVES — pl. of HALF. * * * [havz; hävz] plural form of half * * * plural of ↑half, 1 * * * halves [halves] [hɑːvz] ; [hævz] pl. of ↑half …   Useful english dictionary

  • halves — plural of half …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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