dimidiation


Also found in: Legal, Wikipedia.

dimidiation

the process of dividing in half; the state of being halved.
See also: Processes
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
It touches the question of dimidiation or impalement in the coat of mine uncle, Sir John Leighton of Shropshire, who took unto wife the widow of Sir Henry Oglander of Nunwell.
As for [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] shianq, the term fang-shianq shyh [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]'seer' (fang-shianq < *pjang-sjang(s)) may be a case of dimidiation reflecting an earlier initial cluster containing a labial consonant; see Boltz 1979, 431.
Kennedy, a contemporary of Boodberg who supported some of his ideas but was, in my opinion, a much better linguist, once made gentle fun of the theory of dimidiation by remarking that childish words in English like "roly-poly" and "ducky-lucky" didn't require one to posit such originals as "rpoly" and "dlucky.