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Definition: At half cock
(h[aum]f), a. [AS. healf, half, half; as a noun,
half, side, part; akin to OS., OFries., & D. half, G. halb,
Sw. half, Dan. halv, Icel. h[=a]lfr, Goth. halbs. Cf.
1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half
hour; a half dollar; a half view.
Note: The adjective and noun are often united to form a
2. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half;
approximately a half, whether more or less; partial;
imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge.
Assumed from thence a half consent. --Tennyson.
(Zo["o]l.), a lemur.
. (Football) See under 2d Back
, the first notch, for the sear point to enter, in
the tumbler of a gunlock; the halfcock notch.
, a style of bookbinding in which only the back
and corners are in leather.
, one who boards in part; specifically, a
scholar at a boarding school who takes dinner only.
(Shipbuilding), a horizontal plan of one
half a vessel, divided lengthwise, showing the lines.
(Mus.), a cadence on the dominant.
, a slight salute with the cap. [Obs.] --Shak.
At half cock
, the position of the cock of a gun when
retained by the first notch.
, a sailor's knot in a rope; half of a clove
, short stockings; socks.
, an imperfect or weak line of action.
(Mus.), a minim, one half of a semibreve.
, half of the wages or salary; reduced pay; as, an
officer on half pay.
, half the ordinary price; or a price much
(a) (Arch.) A molding of semicircular section.
(b) (Mech.) Having one side flat and the other rounded; --
said of a file.
(Mus.), a position of the hand, between the open
position and the first shift, in playing on the violin and
kindred instruments. See Shift
(Mus.), a semitone; the smallest difference of
pitch or interval, used in music.
, the time or state of the tide equally distant
from ebb and flood.
, half the ordinary time for work or attendance;
as, the half-time system.
(Fine Arts), a middle or intermediate tint, as in
drawing or painting. See Demitint
, a statement only partially true, or which gives
only a part of the truth. --Mrs. Browning.
, the space of six months; one term of a school
when there are two terms in a year.
, n. [It. cocca notch of an arrow.]
1. The notch of an arrow or crossbow.
2. The hammer in the lock of a firearm.
, At full cock
, with the hammer raised and ready
to fire; -- said of firearms, also, jocularly, of one
prepared for instant action.
At half cock
. See under Half
(Archery), the feather of an arrow at right
angles to the direction of the cock or notch. --Nares.