Half vs Biannual - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between half and biannual

is that half is consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%) while biannual is occurring twice a year; half-yearly; semiannual, twice-yearly.

As nouns the difference between half and biannual

is that half is one of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; — sometimes followed by of; as, a half of an apple while biannual is something occurring twice each year.

As a adverb half

is in two equal parts or to an equal degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly.

As a verb half

is (obsolete) to halve.

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half

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%).
  • a half''' bushel''; ''a '''half''' hour''; ''a '''half''' dollar''; ''a '''half view
  • Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.
  • a half''' dream''; '''''half knowledge
  • * :
  • Assumed from thence a half consent.
  • (of a sibling) Having one parent (rather than two) in common.
  • A (half brother) or (half sister)
  • Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.
  • A (half uncle) or (half aunt) or (half cousin)
  • (UK, time) Half an hour after the time given; half past.
  • We went to bed at half ten.

    Usage notes

    * The adjective and noun are often united to form a compound.

    Synonyms

    * hemi-, semi-, demi-

    Derived terms

    * half ape * half back * half bent * half binding * half boarder * half-breadth plan * half brother * half cadence * half cap * half cock * half cocked * half hitch * half hose * half-life * Half Life * half measure * half-moon * half note * half page * half pay * half price * half round * half shift * half sister * half step * half tide * half time * half tint * half truth * half year

    Adverb

    (-)
  • In two equal parts or to an equal degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly
  • half'''-colored''; '''''half''' done''; '''''half'''-hearted''; '''''half''' persuaded''; '''''half conscious
  • * :
  • Half' loth and ' half consenting.
  • * Nehemiah 13:24 :
  • Their children spoke half in the speech of Ashdod.

    Noun

    (halves)
  • One of two usually roughly equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; — sometimes followed by of; as, a half of an apple.
  • You don't know the half of it.
  • * (rfdate), :
  • Not half his riches known, and yet despised.
  • * (rfdate), :
  • A friendship so complete Portioned in halves between us
  • # (sports) One of the two opposite parts of the playing field of various sports, in which each starts the game.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 16, author=Ben Dirs, title=Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan, work=BBC Sport citation
  • , passage=However, the hosts hit back and hit back hard, first replacement hooker Andrew Hore sliding over, then Williams careering out of his own half and leaving several defenders for dead before flipping the ball to Nonu to finish off a scintillating move.}}
  • Half of a standard measure; frequently used (British) for half a pint of beer or cider.
  • * 1968 (British), John Braine, The Crying Game , Houghton Mifflin, p. 11,
  • He came back with a pint of Guinness for me and a half of bitter for Wendy.
  • * 1974 (British), James Herriot, All Things Bright and Beautiful , St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312020309,
  • I accepted a half of bitter from him.
  • * 2006 (British), Bill Appleton, Wide Boy , Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie, ISBN 1843862530, p. 168,
  • I went to the bar where I bought a pint and two large brandies. ... "Not brandy," she replied, "but I could use a long drink - maybe a half of lager."
  • The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.
  • Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half .
  • (obsolete) part; side; behalf
  • * (rfdate), Wyclif
  • *:
  • * (rfdate), :
  • The four halves of the house

    Synonyms

    *

    Derived terms

    * better half * by halves * cry halves * go halves * half a loaf is better than none * half and half * in half * in one's half * know the half of * not half * not half bad * other half * too clever by half

    Verb

  • To halve.
  • Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • a half-hour after, thirty minutes after (used with the number of the hour)
  • half one — half past one, 1:30

    See also

    * half-

    References

    *

    biannual

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Semiannual: occurring twice a year
  • * 1980 , Jose D. Salas, 'Applied Modeling of Hydrologic Time Series', Water Resources Publication, ISBN 0918334373, page 448 section 8.9
  • The annual values were disaggregated into biannual' values. Then the ' biannual values were disaggregated into quarterly values. Finally the quarterly values were disaggregated into the desired monthly values.
  • * 1988 , Ursula Schneider & Michael Schratz, Permanent Education Between New Illiteracy and High Power Technology: 198 , Institute for the Comparative Study of Public Policy, University of New Orleans, ISBN 0962142301,introduction,
  • ...during the 1988 biannual symposia in February (New Orleans) and May (Innsbruck).
  • * 1992 , Simon J. Nuttall, European Political Co-operation , Oxford University Press, page 286,
  • ... the biannual meetings between the President of the European Council and the President of the United States were formalized, there were to be two meetings per year ....
  • * 2001 , Jack C. Harris, Jack P. Friedman, Real Estate Handbook , Barron's Educational Series, ISBN 0764152637, page 163,
  • Example: Under a lease, Abel is required to make biannual rent payments, ...
  • * 2008 , Royal College of Nursing website (UK)
  • Biannual newsletter: The Society publishes a twice yearly newsletter, called "Headlines"
  • Occurring once every two years.
  • * 1993 , World Bank, Developing the Occupied Territories: An Investment in Peace'', volume 4, ''Agriculture , ISBN 0821326910, page 1,
  • The relative share of agriculture in GDP of the West Bank (calculated on the basis of fixed 1986 prices, and as a two-year average to deal with the major biannual fluctuations in olive production) declined... .
  • * 1997 , Steven Blakemore, Intertextual War , Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, ISBN 0838637515, pages 190–192,
  • Thus he argues that the members of the National Assembly were independent from the constituencies that elected them, because the latter (the assemblies, administrative and elected) are "biennially renewed," as was the National Assembly.... This [being responsible to electors] is implicitly the case of the representatives in the National Assembly, who must also face biannual elections....
  • * 2001 , Kenneth I. Wolpin, Empirical Methods for the Study of Labor Force Dynamics , Routledge, ISBN 0415269407, page 84,
  • Now, after having solved the biannual' period problem back to period one of the ten ' biannual periods, i.e. quarters 77–84... .
  • * 2004 , Lee Penn, False Dawn , Sophia Perennis, ISBN 159731000X, page 380, footnote 3,
  • "The Earth Charter opens a new phase...." (Mikhail Gorbachev, as quoted in The Earth Charter Initiative, Biannual Report 2002–2003, Earth Charter International Secretariat, http://www.earthcharter.org/files/resources/Biannual%20Report.pdf, p 10,...).

    Usage notes

    Although biannual'' properly means twice a year, its conflation with (biennial) (once every two years) is quite common. For clarity, one can use ''twice a year or other synonyms instead.

    Derived terms

    * biannually

    Synonyms

    * semiannual, twice-yearly

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Something occurring twice each year.
  • * 1995 , Xi yang yu wen yan jiu suo & Danjiang da xue, Tamkang Review , Graduate School of Western Languages and Literature, Tamkang University, page 366,
  • It was a biannual from April 1970 to October 1977 and has been a quarterly since fall 1978.