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half-length

[haf-lengkth, -length, -lenth, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ, -ˌlɛnθ, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
something that is only half a full length or height, especially a portrait that shows only the upper half of the body, including the hands.
adjective
2.
of half the complete length or height.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700
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British Dictionary definitions for halflength

half-length

adjective
1.
(of a portrait) showing only the body from the waist up and including the hands
2.
of half the entire or original length
noun
3.
a half-length portrait
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