half hour

noun

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 , 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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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 If your load is around 10 watts, APC says the battery will last around three and a half hours. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Protect against outages with this $35, six outlet uninterruptible power supply," 9 Oct. 2018 The chapel opened about two and a half hours before the wedding, and a few people began going inside the doors. Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry marry at St. George's Chapel in front of A-list guests, royal family," 19 May 2018 Over the next two-and-a-half hours, surgeons performed a craniotomy to remove the blood buildup (epidural hematoma) from Jaden's brain. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "This Mom Is Speaking Out About Why Your Kid Should NEVER Ride a Bike Without a Helmet," 28 Apr. 2016 Police responded to shots fired about two and a half hours after the first incident. Fox News, "Man who was 'gathering souls' shoots 4, kills 1 within hours, officials say," 17 Apr. 2018 The event lasts nine and a half hours (including a one-hour dinner break). cleveland.com, "Summer movie guide: 35 must-see dramas, comedies, superhero films and more," 27 Apr. 2018 The cost for use of the bike is a $1 per half hour. Maya Moore, Courant Community, "LimeBike Expands In Hartford As City Plans For More Bikes On Streets," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of half hour

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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half hour

noun

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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