To say that something is half-done is to say that it is only halfway done. Half-done projects often have a lot of unfinished parts, and they can often be very frustrating to work on.

  • The project is only halffinished, and the deadline is looming.

  • The project is only halffinished, and it's going to take a lot longer than expected.

Definition of halves


One of two usually roughly equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided.


Half of a standard measure; frequently used for half a pint of beer or cider.


(preceded by “a” or a number) The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.


Part; side; behalf.


Any of the three terms at Eton College, for Michaelmas, Lent, and summer.


A half sibling.


A child ticket.


To reduce to half the original amount.


To divide into two halves.


To make up half of.


To join two pieces of timber etc. by cutting away each for half its thickness at the joining place, and fitting together.


In match play, to achieve a tie or draw on.

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Example Sentences for halves

  • 1

    The whole first half of the paper describes the experimental results.

  • 2

    The whole of the eastern half is bare, mountainous and scarcely inhabited.

  • 3

    The first half is decent but the second part is mediocre.

  • 4

    The pertinent part is the last half of the last sentence.

  • 5

    At least half of that due diligence is on the part of the article creator.

  • 6

    Yes the first half was very dreary, but the second half was better.

  • 7

    Cut the waffle in half.

  • 8

    Half of the truth is a falsehood.

  • 9

    The paper is folded into half.

  • 10

    One chanter plays the upper half of the octave, the other the lower half.