Meaning of dimidiate in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈmɪdɪeɪt/

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[with object]Heraldry
  • (of a coat of arms or charge) adjoin (another) so that only half of each is visible.

    ‘The crest has an oak tree dimidiated with a wheatsheaf, bound together by a blue and white wave.’
    • ‘In the upper part of the Shield a lion passant guardant dimidiates the hulk of a medieval ship.’
    • ‘These were, in the Portuguese version, per pale argent and vert, two roses dimidiating as many fleurs-de-lis, in dexter canton a dove volant argent.’
    • ‘The pomegranate dimidiated with a rose, meaning that the two half charges are joined, was one of the badges of Queen Mary of England, who ruled from 1553-1558.’
    • ‘In the base is a kneeling canon between two shields, one bearing the arms of Basset of Weldon dimidiating those of Ridel, the other bearing the arms of Basset of Weldon alone.’


Late 16th century from Latin dimidiat- ‘halved’, from the verb dimidiare, from dimidium ‘half’.