: something (such as a portrait) that is or represents only half the complete length

Examples of half-length in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last Call London was a half-length back in third in the six-furlong sprint on the dirt. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2023 The 6-year-old mare, ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, wins the $200,000 Vanity Handicap by a half-length over St Trinians at Hollywood Park. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2023 Two Phil’s finished a half-length ahead of third-place Angel of Empire, who went to the gate as the 4-1 favorite. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2023 Arabian Lion, trained by Bob Baffert, finished a half-length back in second. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 15 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1689, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-length was in 1689

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“Half-length.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-length. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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