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 hour (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 Ellis continued her one-way, two-and-a-half hour commute to a Houston hospital until three years ago. Tara Santora, Popular Science, "Meet the nurse who’s running a Texas COVID-19 clinic all on her own," 4 Jan. 2021 That’s a two and a half hour drive from home to practice and play softball. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "Forest Hill resident Alex Anderson commits to George Mason to play softball, study computer science," 31 Dec. 2020 Montanino, whose husband also works at the hospital, is supposed to work two 12-and-a-half hour shifts twice a week as a part-time nurse but has worked some shifts that lasted more than 20 hours because of staffing issues. NBC News, "A 'moral and ethical struggle': California nurses threaten Christmas Eve strike over work conditions," 15 Dec. 2020 For much of an unorthodox, four-and-a-half hour session Wednesday in Lansing, Giuliani asked questions of witnesses, rather than fielding questions from lawmakers. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Rudy Giuliani took a road trip to push claims of election fraud. He was rebuffed," 4 Dec. 2020 After a quick eight-and-a-half hour journey to the space station, the crew will spend six months in orbit. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "SpaceX Is Ready to Launch Its First Official Crewed Mission," 13 Nov. 2020 Staff were warning of a two-and-a-half hour wait time just 30 or so minutes after testing began at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Miller Park sees long lines, two-hour waits for COVID-19 tests on Election Day," 4 Nov. 2020 The two-and-a-half hour workshop will teach you the fundamentals of building over-the-top and structurally sound sand sculptures. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Key West Resort Wants to Teach You How to Make Epic Sandcastles," 25 Oct. 2020 The first game of the season was an away game in Belfry, a three-and-a-half hour drive away, and not suitable for a hospice patient. Kelsie Smith, CNN, "Nurse arranges for a plane to fly a dying father to see his son play football one last time," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of half hour

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2021

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“Half hour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20hour. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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half hour


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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