The most significant or important part of something •Usu in negative contexts: her attitude is not the half of it (1932+)
Only part of something, as in You saw them together, but that’s just the half of it; she’s moved in with him. This phrase, signifying the most important portion (more than half), is often put negatively as not the half of it, as in You thought they played badly? That’s not the half of it, because they’ve been kicked out of the league. [ First half of 1900s ]
adjective 1. (chess) (of a file) having a pawn or pawns of only one colour on it
- Half-open interval
[haf-oh-puh n, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌoʊ pən, ˈhɑf-/ noun, Mathematics. 1. a set of numbers between two given numbers but including only one endpoint.
[oh-vuh l] /ˈoʊ vəl/ adjective 1. having the general form, shape, or outline of an egg; egg-shaped. 2. ellipsoidal or elliptical. noun 3. an object of oval shape. 4. a body or plane figure that is oval in shape or outline. 5. an elliptical field or a field on which an elliptical track is laid […]
noun (pl) -ps 1. an informal name for a halfpenny (sense 1)