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.
Recent Examples on the Web The fox hunt was over after about two and a half hours, just before sunset. Stephanie Klein-davis, chicagotribune.com, "‘It’s about the chase’: Fox hunting season officially opens," 26 Nov. 2019 The taping lasted for about two and a half hours, which will be edited down to an hour’s worth of television to be aired Sunday night. Tracie Egan Morrissey, EW.com, "New NY Housewives announced, plus more highlights from biggest-ever Watch What Happens Live," 17 Nov. 2019 Upon their arrival, the Cavs spent about two and a half hours at the museum, which opened in 2016. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers feeling more connected, ‘pretty damn good,’ following first road trip that featured team bonding," 13 Nov. 2019 The Daily Star’s Greg Hansen says lengthy replays are are extending games past three-and-a-half hours. oregonlive, "Want to improve college football? Let’s scrap the replay reviews: Issues & Answers," 17 Sep. 2019 A few days later, the two sat on separate phone lines — Carlos in Laredo and she in her office at TCRP — talking for three-and-a-half hours with an asylum officer in Houston, going step by step through Carlos’ case. Melissa Del Bosque, ProPublica, "The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants," 13 Aug. 2019 Denton police made the announcement around 8:30 a.m., about two and a half hours after Sarbesh Gurung's body was found. Dallas News, "9-month-old girl found dead in vehicle at Garland car wash, police say," 1 Aug. 2019 For example, my flight to Singapore would have taken three and a half hours longer with a layover in Hong Kong. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Why would anyone want to sit on a plane for over 18 hours? An economist takes the world’s longest flight," 28 Aug. 2019 Mrs Chan spent four-and-a-half hours among the marchers on June 9th. The Economist, "A proposed extradition law triggers unrest in Hong Kong," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of half hour

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Dec 2019

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“Half hour.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20hour. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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