moiety


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moi·e·ty

 (moi′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. moi·e·ties
1. A half.
2. A part, portion, or share.
3. Anthropology Either of two kinship groups based on unilateral descent that together make up a tribe or society.
4. Chemistry A well-defined part of a larger molecule.

[Middle English moite, from Old French meitiet, moitie, from Late Latin medietās, from Latin, middle, from medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.]

moiety

(ˈmɔɪɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. a half
2. one of two parts or divisions of something
[C15: from Old French moitié, from Latin mediētās middle, from medius]

moi•e•ty

(ˈmɔɪ ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a half.
2. an indefinite portion, part, or share.
3. (in certain unilateral societies or communities) one of the two descent groups into which the population falls.
[1400–50; late Middle English moite < Middle French < Latin medietātem, acc. of medietās the middle]

Moiety

 a half; the better half; a small part; a lease; a share, portion, or quantity.
Examples: the moiety of the human species; of a scruple, 1641.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moiety - one of two (approximately) equal partsmoiety - one of two (approximately) equal parts
half, one-half - one of two equal parts of a divisible whole; "half a loaf"; "half an hour"; "a century and one half"
2.moiety - one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe
social group - people sharing some social relation
tribe, folk - a social division of (usually preliterate) people
Translations
skupina

moiety

n (Jur: = half) → Hälfte f; (liter) (= small amount)Hauch m (geh) (→ of an +dat); (= small share)Bruchteil m

moi·e·ty

n. mitad, una de las porciones de un todo.
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"Had there been rotary levers for two of the members, a moiety of the fatigue would have been saved, for one item--"
"By Old and New World, my excellent associate," he said, "it is not to be understood that the hills, and the valleys, the rocks and the rivers of our own moiety of the earth do not, physically speaking, bear a date as ancient as the spot on which the bricks of Babylon are found; it merely signifies that its moral existence is not co-equal with its physical, or geological formation."
Their mother had nothing, and their father only seven thousand pounds in his own disposal; for the remaining moiety of his first wife's fortune was also secured to her child, and he had only a life-interest in it.
Pott, permanently retired with the faithful bodyguard upon one moiety or half part of the annual income and profits arising from the editorship and sale of the Eatanswill GAZETTE.
Breakfast being at length over, Mr Codlin called the bill, and charging the ale to the company generally (a practice also savouring of misanthropy) divided the sum-total into two fair and equal parts, assigning one moiety to himself and friend, and the other to Nelly and her grandfather.
Tom divided the cake and Becky ate with good appetite, while Tom nibbled at his moiety. There was abun- dance of cold water to finish the feast with.
I generally contrived to reserve a moiety of this bounteous repast for myself; but the remainder I was invariably obliged to part with.
``Half the sum my present necessities compel me to accept; of the remaining half, distribute one moiety among yourselves, sir squires, and divide the other half betwixt the heralds and the pursuivants, and minstrels, and attendants.''
“If I had possessed but a moiety of your heavenly resignation, Miss Temple, all might yet have been well.”
For me to go and desert the children now would mean their total abandonment; whereas, if I remain, I should be able to defend their interests, and, perhaps, to save a moiety of their property.
In the study, the observed antioxidant activity revealed that all the analyzed compounds, have promising antioxidant activities, which may be the result of the presence of benzylpiperazine and dipropylamine, and a methylpiperidine moiety as well as the allyl group.
In order to be an NCE, a drug product must contain an active moiety that has not been used in a product previously approved by the FDA.