half-length
noun Date: 1699 something (as a portrait) that is or represents only half the complete length

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  • half-length — half′ length n. 1) something that is only half a full length or height, esp. a portrait of the upper half of the body, including the hands 2) of half the complete length or height • Etymology: 1690–1700 …   From formal English to slang

  • Half-length — ( l[e^]ngth ), a. Of half the whole or ordinary length, as a picture. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • half-length — [haf′leŋkth΄] adj. 1. of half the full length 2. showing a person from the waist up: said of a portrait n. a half length portrait …   English World dictionary

  • half-length — adj a half length painting or picture shows the top half of someone s body →↑full length1 (1) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • half-length — adjective 1 a half length coat reaches to just above the knee 2 a half length painting or picture shows the top half of someone s body …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • half-length — I noun a portrait showing the body from only the waist up • Hypernyms: ↑portrait, ↑portrayal II adjective 1. representing only the upper half of the body a half length portrait • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • half-length — abridged abridged adj. 1. 1 shortened by condensing or rewriting; said of texts: an abridged version [Narrower terms: {half length}] {unabridged, full length} Syn: condensed [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • half-length — /haf lengkth , length , lenth , hahf /, n. 1. something that is only half a full length or height, esp. a portrait that shows only the upper half of the body, including the hands. adj. 2. of half the complete length or height. [1690 1700] * * * …   Universalium

  • half-length — /ˈhaf lɛŋθ/ (say hahf length) noun 1. a portrait showing only the upper part of the body, including the hands. –adjective 2. of or denoting such a portrait. 3. of or relating to a coat, dress, etc., which is not full length …   Australian English dictionary

  • half — n., adj., & adv. n. (pl. halves) 1 either of two equal or corresponding parts or groups into which a thing is or might be divided. 2 colloq. = half back. 3 colloq. half a pint, esp. of beer etc. 4 either of two equal periods of play in sports. 5… …   Useful english dictionary

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