1. Half: semicircle.
2. Partial; partially: semiconscious.
3. Resembling or having some of the characteristics of: semiofficial.
4. Occurring twice during: semimonthly. See Usage Note at bi-1.
[Middle English, from Latin sēmi-, half; see sēmi- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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