A moiety is one of two equal parts. If you cut a sandwich in half, you can have one moiety for lunch and give the other moiety to a pigeon.

One moiety plus one moiety equals a whole. Moiety is a synonym for the noun half; a semicircle or your better half can be referred to as a moiety. In anthropology, moiety is used to describe one of two distinct groups of a tribe. Moiety can also mean "a part" in general, as Shakespeare used it in Antony and Cleopatra: "The death of Antony / Is not a single doom; in the name lay / A moiety of the world."

Primary Meanings of moiety

one of two (approximately) equal parts
something determined in relation to something that includes it
Full Definitions of moiety

n one of two (approximately) equal parts

Type of:
half, one-half
one of two equal parts of a divisible whole

n one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe

Type of:
social group
people sharing some social relation

n something determined in relation to something that includes it

component, component part, constituent, part, portion
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the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
language unit, linguistic unit
one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
item, point
a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
base, basis
the most important or necessary part of something
detail, item, particular
a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole
anything that belongs to a set or class
balance, remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest
something left after other parts have been taken away
a part of a part
body substance
the substance of the body
living substance, protoplasm
the substance of a living cell (including cytoplasm and nucleus)
extended verbal expression in speech or writing
a unit of language that native speakers can identify
a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme
a minimal unit (as a word or stem) in the lexicon of a language; `go' and `went' and `gone' and `going' are all members of the English lexeme `go'
minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
a language unit by which a person or thing is known
agenda item
one of the items to be considered
an item that is incidental
inventory item
an item listed in an inventory
line item
an item in an appropriation bill
news item
an item in a newspaper
place, position
an item on a list or in a sequence
a grouping of words in a sentence
phone, sound, speech sound
(phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
high spot, highlight
the most interesting or memorable part
leftover, remnant
a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists
the chemical composition and properties of a substance or object
material, stuff
the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
a hypothetical substance once believed to be present in all combustible materials and to be released during burning
(chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)
(physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
chemical element, element
any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter
(biology) any agency bringing about activation; a molecule that increases the activity of an enzyme or a protein that increases the production of a gene product in DNA transcription
the substance that is acted upon by an enzyme or ferment
one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
an intervening substance through which something is achieved
(biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
a substance that is fluid at room temperature and pressure
a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor
any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
Type of:
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

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