Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A moiety; one of two equal parte of anything susceptible of division. Prentiss v. Brewer, 17 Wis. 644, 86 Am. Dec. 730; Hartford Iron Min. Co. v. Cambridge Min. Co., 80 Mich. 491, 45 N. W. 351; Cogan v. Cook, 22 Minn. 142; Dart v. Barbour, 32 Mich. 272. Used in law in various compound terms, in substantially the same sense, as follows:
    —Half blood. See Blood.
    —Half-brother, half-sister. Persons who have the same father, but different mothers; or the same mother, but different fathers. Wood v. Mitcham, 92 N. Y. 379; In re Weiss' Estate, 1 Montg. Co.. Law Rep'r (Pa.) 210.
    —Half-cent. A copper coin of the United States, of the value of five mills, and of the weight of ninety-four grains. The coinage of these was discontinued in 1857.
    —Half defense. See Defense
    — Half-dime. A silver (now nickel) coin of the United States, of the value of five cents.
    — Half-dollar. A silver coin of the United States, of the value of fifty cents, or one-half the value of a dollar.
    —Half-eagle. A gold coin of the United States, of the value of five dollars.
    —Half-endeal. A moiety, or half of a thing.
    —Half-kineg. In Saxon law. Half-king, (semi-rew.) A title given to the aldermen of all England. Crabb, Eng. Law, 28; Spelman.
    —Half-mark. A noble, or six shillings and eight pence in English money.
    —Half pilotage. Compensation for services which a ilot has put himself in readiness to perform, y labor, risk, and cost, and has offered to perform, at half the rate he would have received if the services had actually been performed. Gloucester Ferry Co., v. Pennsvlvania, 114 U. S. 196, 5 Sup. Ct. 826, 29 L. Ed. 158,
    —Halfproof. In the civil law. Proof by one witness, or a private instrument. Hallifax, Civil Law, b. 3, c. 9, no. 25; 3 Bl. Comm. 370. Or prima facie proof, which yet was not sufficient to found a sentence or decree.
    —Half-seal. That which was formerly used in the English chancery for sealing of commissions to delegates, upon any appeal to the court of delegates, either in ecclesiastical or marine causes.
    —Half section. In American land law. The half of a section of land according to the divisions of the government survey, Inid off either by a north-and-south or by an east-and-west line, and contnining 320 acres. See Brown v. Hardin, 21 Ark. 324.
    —Half-timer. A child who, by the operation of the English factory and education acts, is employed for less than the full time in a factory or workshop, in order that he may attend some "recognized efficient school." See factory and workshop act, 1878, § 23: elementary education act, 1876, § 11.
    —HalftongueA jury half of one tongue or nationality and half of another. See De Medietate Linguæ.
    —Half-year. In legal computation. The period of one hundred and eighty-two days; the odd hours being rejected. Co. Litt. 135b; Cro. Jac. 166; Yel. 100; 1 Steph. Comm. 265; Pol. Code Cal. 1903, § 3257.