[hav, hahv] /hæv, hɑv/
verb (used with object), halved, halving.
to divide into two equal parts.
to share equally:
to halve one’s rations with a stranger.
to reduce to half.
Golf. to play (a hole, round, or match) in the same number of strokes as one’s opponent.
halve together, to join (two pieces of wood) by cutting from one, at the place of joining, a portion fitting to that left solid in the other.
to divide into two approximately equal parts
to share equally
to reduce by half, as by cutting
(golf) to take the same number of strokes on (a hole or round) as one’s opponent
c.1200, halfen “to divide in halves;” see half. Meaning “to reduce by half” is from c.1400. Related: Halved; halving.
[hav-erz, hah-verz] /ˈhæv ərz, ˈhɑ vərz/ plural noun, Midland and Southern U.S. 1. halves: Let’s go halvers on anything we find.
plural noun an arrangement, design, etc. in which anything is divided in half Examples halvsies on the salad Word Origin 1960s Usage Note informal noun One half of what is indicated, esp as an equal share: She found it, but I claimed halvsies because I did most of the work (1960s+) Related Terms go halfies […]
[hal-yerd] /ˈhæl yərd/ noun 1. any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use. /ˈhæljəd/ noun 1. (nautical) a line for hoisting or lowering a sail, flag, or spar n. “rope for hoisting sails,” 1610s, from Middle English halier “a halyard” (late 14c.), also “a carrier, porter” […]
[hal-i-sahy-teez] /ˌhæl ɪˈsaɪ tiz/ noun 1. an extinct genus comprising the chain corals.