(Half"-hatched`) a. Imperfectly hatched; as, half-hatched eggs. Gay.

(Half"-heard`) a. Imperfectly or partly heard; not heard to the end.

And leave half-heard the melancholy tale.

(Half"-heart`ed) a.

1. Wanting in heart or spirit; ungenerous; unkind. B. Jonson.

2. Lacking zeal or courage; lukewarm. H. James.

(Half"-hour`ly) a. Done or happening at intervals of half an hour.

(Half"-learned`) a. Imperfectly learned.

(Half"-length`) a. Of half the whole or ordinary length, as a picture.

(Half"-mast`) n. A point some distance below the top of a mast or staff; as, a flag a half-mast

(Half"-moon`) n.

1. The moon at the quarters, when half its disk appears illuminated.

2. The shape of a half-moon; a crescent.

See how in warlike muster they appear,
In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings.

3. (Fort.) An outwork composed of two faces, forming a salient angle whose gorge resembles a half- moon; — now called a ravelin.

4. (Zoöl.) A marine, sparoid, food fish of California The body is ovate, blackish above, blue or gray below. Called also medialuna.

(Half"ness) n. The quality of being half; incompleteness. [R.]

As soon as there is any departure from simplicity, and attempt at halfness, or good for me that is not good for him, my neighbor feels the wrong.

(Half"pace`) n. (Arch.) A platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight. See Quarterpace.

This term and quarterpace are rare or unknown in the United States, platform or landing being used instead.

(Half"-pen*ny)(ha"pen*ny or häf"-; 277),n.;pl. Half-pence (- pens) or Half-pennies(- pen*niz). An English coin of the value of half a penny; also, the value of half a penny.

(Half"-pike`) n. (Mil.) A short pike, sometimes carried by officers of infantry, sometimes used in boarding ships; a spontoon. Tatler.

(Half"-port`) n. (Naut.) One half of a shutter made in two parts for closing a porthole.

(Half"-ray`) n. (Geom.) A straight line considered as drawn from a center to an indefinite distance in one direction, the complete ray being the whole line drawn to an indefinite distance in both directions.

(Half"-read`) a. Informed by insufficient reading; superficial; shallow. Dryden.

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