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[haf-mahyl, hahf‐] /ˈhæfˈmaɪl, ˈhɑf‐/
a half of a mile (0.8 kilometer).
a race of half a mile.
measuring or running half a mile.
Origin of half-mile
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for half-mile
  • Adult weevils are considered strong fliers, venturing more than a half-mile in search of host trees.
  • Geologists will listen to the soundings with geophones- a half-mile-long string of microphones staked to the side of the mountain.
  • Now, you can park and walk down the road for a half-mile or so to where the flows cover the road.
  • In the morning the crew could see the town only as some metal roofs, perhaps a half-mile inland from the beach.
  • The animals would run the roughly half-mile stretch as children and adults herded them with shouts and sticks.
  • On a hillside a half-mile away, saddened mourners and stunned citizens have gathered daily for three months.
  • The bed and breakfast is within a half-mile of the historic waterfront area, with numerous shops and restaurants.
  • The hotel features an outdoor pool, and there are several restaurants located within a half-mile of the property.
  • Markers every half-mile help police, ambulances and other e services find people in need more quickly.
  • Before reaching the building, turn left, then go about a half-mile to the range.
British Dictionary definitions for half-mile


  1. half a mile
  2. (as modifier): a half-mile stretch of the river
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