half pay
1. half one's regular pay.
2. a reduced amount paid to a British army or navy officer when not in actual service or after retirement.
[1655-65]

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  • Half pay — Half Half (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. {Halve}, {Behalf}.] 1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Half pay — Pay Pay, n. 1. Satisfaction; content. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • half´-pay´ — half pay, 1. half the usual or full wages or salary. 2. a payment made to a retired or inactive officer of the army or navy that is a prescribed percentage of his active pay. –half´ pay´, adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • half pay — 1. half one s regular pay. 2. a reduced amount paid to a British army or navy officer when not in actual service or after retirement. [1655 65] * * * half pay noun Reduced pay, as for an officer not on active service • • • Main Entry: ↑half * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Half-pay — Halbsold, halbierter Sold (engl.: half pay) bedeutete wortwörtlich, dass einem Soldaten nur der halbe Sold gezahlt wird, weil entweder gerade kein Krieg ist oder er trotz Krieg keine Verwendung findet. Die Bezeichnung „half pay“ taucht erstmals… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Half Pay — Halbsold, halbierter Sold (engl.: half pay) bedeutete wortwörtlich, dass einem Soldaten nur der halbe Sold gezahlt wird, weil entweder gerade kein Krieg ist oder er trotz Krieg keine Verwendung findet. Die Bezeichnung „half pay“ taucht erstmals… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • half-pay — /haf ˈpeɪ/ (say hahf pay) noun 1. half the full wages or salary. –adjective 2. of or relating to a person on half pay …   Australian English dictionary

  • half-pay — half the usual salary …   English contemporary dictionary

  • half-pay — noun reduced wage paid to someone who is not working full time • Hypernyms: ↑wage, ↑pay, ↑earnings, ↑remuneration, ↑salary …   Useful english dictionary

  • Half — (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. {Halve}, {Behalf}.] 1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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