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 , 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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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 That means three and a half hours of extra time in my week. Kathryn Crawford Saxer, The Seattle Times, "How a simple question can be transformative," 22 June 2018 Spain’s showdown with Portugal was expected to be one of the most exciting games of the group stage, and the first half hour of play Friday in Russia was frantic. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Should referees have waved off Diego Costa's sensational goal?," 15 June 2018 The secondary objective is the attempt to land the Falcon 9 rocket, which will happen about a half hour after launch. Thomas Houston, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Successfully Launches DSCOVR Orbiter and Soft Water Lands the Falcon 9," 12 Feb. 2015 Metropolitan Areas Within a Four-Hour Drive 90 minutes from Chicago, two hours from Indianapolis and three-and-a-half hours from Detroit. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of half hour

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of half hour was in the 15th century

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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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