dimidiate

1 of 2

transitive verb

di·​mid·​i·​ate
də̇ˈmidēˌāt
-ed/-ing/-s
1
archaic : to halve or reduce to the half
2
heraldry : to represent the half of : cut in two : halve

dimidiate

2 of 2

adjective

di·​mid·​i·​ate
-ēə̇t
1
: divided into two equal parts : halved
2
biology : consisting of only one half of the normal : seeming to lack one half or to have one part smaller than the other
dimidiate elytra that cover only half the abdomen are common among certain families of beetles

Word History

Etymology

Transitive verb

Latin dimidiatus, past participle of dimidiare, from di- (from dis- apart) + -midiare (from medius mid)

Adjective

Latin dimidiatus, past participle of dimidiare

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near dimidiate

Cite this Entry

“Dimidiate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dimidiate. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!