I found in different occasions さま after a verb, but I'm not sure about its meaning. For example, in 大辞林's definition for 半ば:



I noticed both times it's a なるさま form, so I'm not sure if it's a fixed form, but I can't find it on Weblio, so maybe not.

Maybe it's meaning 3 on Jisho (state; situation; appearance), but if that's the case I don't really undestand what does it mean in those sentences.

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さま (様) just means "state" or "appearance", the same as 状態 or 様子.

See the first definition in デジタル大辞泉:

さま【様/▽方】 の解説
1 物事や人のありさま。ようす。状態。「雲のたなびく―が美しい」「物慣れた―に振る舞う」

It's used heavily in dictionaries in this way, and also in formal texts/presentations, but you're not likely to encounter it in everyday life outside of those situations.

As to how to interpret it, borrowing your examples we have:

ある状態に半分ほどなっているさま → The state of having become roughly halfway a certain way


さまざまな経過を経てようやくその状態になるさま → The state of finally becoming a certain way after having gone through various things

and for an example without なる (from the definition of 断然):

程度が他から非常にかけ離れているさま → The state of the extent/degree of something being far removed from others.

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