ˈhaf-ˈkȯrt How to pronounce half-court (audio)
: a dividing line that separates a playing court into equal halves (as in basketball)
also : the area comprising each half

Examples of half-court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Houston’s last chance, fittingly, was a half-court heave from Brooks that would’ve stolen the game. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 An offseason half-court drill during which Watkins was teamed with forwards Rayah Marshall and Taylor Bigby still sticks in Marshall’s mind. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2023 Walker Park has one full-sized court with two goals and two half-courts with a goal each. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 31 July 2023 In Flex, the Mitzi E. Newhouse’s thrust has been done over into a half-court (by Matt Saunders) and practices and games play out onstage. Vulture, 20 July 2023 Outdoors, a resort pool with cabanas and lap lanes, kiddie pool, playground, event lawn and pickleball and half-court basketball courts provide fun for all. Dallas Builders Association, Dallas News, 4 July 2023 This was half-court, six-on-six basketball, a game where dribbling was limited and only forwards were permitted to score. Zion Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 1 June 2023 After over seven years of fundraising, MPS and a coalition of community organizations on Friday revealed a new artificial turf athletic field with a 400-meter track and basketball half-courts. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2023 Green made some improvement as a half-court decision maker in 2022-23, though his sophomore season didn't feature a notable leap. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 24 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-court was in 1926

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“Half-court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-court. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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