half hour


Definition of half hour

1 : thirty minutes
2 : the middle point of an hour

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Other Words from half hour

half-hourly \ ˈhaf-​ˈau̇(-​ə)r-​lē How to pronounce half-hourly (audio) , ˈhäf-​ \ adverb or adjective

Examples of half hour in a Sentence

Trains depart every half hour. I waited a half hour in line.

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The airport reopened about two and a half hours later. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "‘Save Me, Save Me’: Scores Dead in Plane Crash in Nepal," 12 Mar. 2018 Robert arranged it with five rows of six stars and four rows of five stars, spending 12 and a half hours sewing the flag. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2018 My average phone use decreased 15 minutes a day, to about three and a half hours. New York Times, "I Used Apple’s New Controls to Limit a Teenager’s iPhone Time (and It Worked!)," 11 July 2018 Stapleton’s no-nonsense half hour set the tone for the rest of the night, as a house band settled in to back solo slots from Taylor, Henley and Walsh without breaks. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Review: Joe Walsh’s VetsAid was a familial star-powered party at Tacoma Dome, raising $1.2 million," 12 Nov. 2018 The show is currently set to run for 3 and a half hours, meaning there will still be plenty of time for awards and speeches in the second half of the show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "New Grammys Super Bowl Commercial Reveals When Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Will Perform," 4 Feb. 2019 At least 25 people in Chicago were shot within 2 and a half hours on Sunday, continuing a bloody weekend in the city who earlier this year touted its decreasing crime and violence numbers. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Chicago shootings leave dozens of people wounded, at least 3 dead over the weekend," 5 Aug. 2018 But even if the effect remained, the study found that four-and-a-half hours after eating, the subjects who ate red pepper burned 10 more calories than those who did not. Abby Langer, SELF, "5 Diet Tips You Should Ignore, According to a Registered Dietitian," 6 Sep. 2018 Judge Ellis scheduled closing arguments in the case for Wednesday; closing arguments are likely to last at least one and a half hours for each side. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Paul Manafort’s Defense Rests Without Calling Witnesses," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of half hour

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of half hour

: 30 minutes : a period of time that lasts for 30 minutes
: the middle point of an hour

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