a.1.Imperfectly or partly heard; not heard to the end.
And leave half-heard the melancholy tale.
- Pope.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"Conspiring spirits whispered in the gloom, Half-heard, the stilly secrets of the tomb.
the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard in the stillness Between two waves of the sea.
Foer is at his most creative in rendering these scenes through speeches, half-heard broadcasts, computer chat-room dialogue.
The exquisite Listening to the Savage: River Notes and Half-Heard Melodies is a book to be savored.
The women meet again, and Haynes switches to extreme close-ups, tinkly piano and half-heard conversation to suggest their growing intimacy.
She does come back to this point, though, in the conclusion, where she connects McGuckian's "half-heard, non-meaningful poetic mode" to the "pre-verbal infant unconsciousness" from which originates an understanding of the nature of poetic composition that privileges the importance of the relationship between the infant and mother (183).
I shall continue to argue that repression, in this context, usually tells on the critic him/herself; and I shall try in that spirit to pinpoint a few more of the half-heard beats behind the poem's half-memories.
of the water's photographic stillness, even of your half-heard
Lopatin offered a mixture of glitch electronica, half-heard house keyboards and rich audio textures.
imagined or half-heard between The first wind blasts of winter.
I then half-heard something on the radio which I thought had mentioned Sir Bobby's name.
Its calculatedness implies a meaning beyond our reach--124 steel blocks which offer something 'Heard, half-heard in the stillness' of Eliot's apple tree: for us, but not for our comprehension.