See also: hälve

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English halven, helven, from Old English hilfan, helfan, *hielfan (to halve, divide in two), from Proto-West Germanic *halbijan, from Proto-Germanic *halbijaną (to halve), from Proto-Germanic *halbaz (half).

Cognate with Middle Dutch halven (to halve), Middle High German halben, helben (to halve). Compare also West Frisian helte (to halve), Dutch halveren (to halve), German Low German halberen (to halve), German halbieren (to halve), Danish halvere (to halve), Swedish halvera (to halve).

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halve (third-person singular simple present halves, present participle halving, simple past and past participle halved)

  1. (transitive) To reduce to half the original amount.
  2. (transitive) To divide into two halves.
  3. (transitive) To make up half of.
  4. (architecture, transitive) To join two pieces of timber etc. by cutting away each for half its thickness at the joining place, and fitting together.
  5. (golf, transitive) In match play, to achieve a tie or draw on.
    to halve a hole or a match
    • 2005, Elliott, Bill, The Golf Bag Buddy: The Essential On-Course Reference, page 67:
      All that counts is whether you won, lost, or halved the match.

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DanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈhalvə], [ˈhall̩]

AdjectiveEdit

halve

  1. plural and definite singular attributive of halv

DutchEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

halve

  1. Inflected form of half

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

halve (plural halves or halven)

  1. Alternative form of half

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English helfe.

NounEdit

halve

  1. Alternative form of helve

Norwegian BokmålEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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halve

  1. definite singular of halv
  2. plural of halv

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse halfa

NounEdit

halve f or m (definite singular halva or halven, indefinite plural halver, definite plural halvene)

  1. (a) half
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Norwegian NynorskEdit

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halve

  1. definite singular of halv
  2. plural of halv

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse halfa.

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halve f (definite singular halva, indefinite plural halver, definite plural halvene)

  1. a half
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