halt

1 [hawlt]
verb (used without object)
1.
to stop; cease moving, operating, etc., either permanently or temporarily: They halted for lunch and strolled about.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cause to stop temporarily or permanently; bring to a stop: They halted operations during contract negotiations.
noun
3.
a temporary or permanent stop.
interjection
4.
(used as a command to stop and stand motionless, as to marching troops or to a fleeing suspect.)

Origin:
1615–25; from the phrase make halt for German halt machen. See hold1


2. See stop. 3. cessation, suspension, standstill, stoppage.
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halt

2 [hawlt]
verb (used without object)
1.
to falter, as in speech, reasoning, etc.; be hesitant; stumble.
2.
to be in doubt; waver between alternatives; vacillate.
3.
Archaic. to be lame; walk lamely; limp.
adjective
4.
Archaic. lame; limping.
noun
5.
Archaic. lameness; a limp.
6.
(used with a plural verb) lame people, especially severely lamed ones (usually preceded by the ): the halt and the blind.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English healt; cognate with Old High German halz, Old Norse haltr, Gothic halts, akin to Latin clādēs damage, loss

haltless, adjective
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halt1 (hɔːlt)
 
n
1.  an interruption or end to activity, movement, or progress
2.  chiefly (Brit) a minor railway station, without permanent buildings
3.  call a halt to put an end (to something); stop
 
n, —sentence substitute
4.  a command to halt, esp as an order when marching
 
vb
5.  to come or bring to a halt
 
[C17: from the phrase to make halt, translation of German halt machen, from halten to hold1, stop]

halt2 (hɔːlt)
 
vb
1.  (esp of logic or verse) to falter or be defective
2.  to waver or be unsure
3.  archaic to be lame
 
adj
4.  archaic
 a.  lame
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the halt
 
n
5.  archaic lameness
 
[Old English healt lame; related to Old Norse haltr, Old High German halz lame, Greek kólos maimed, Old Slavonic kladivo hammer]

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Word Origin & History

halt
"stop," 1622, from Fr. halte or It. alto, ult. from Ger. Halt, imperative from O.H.G. halten "to hold" (see hold). A Ger. military command borrowed into the Romance languages 16c.

halt
"lame," in O.E. lemphalt "limping," from P.Gmc. *haltaz (cf. O.Fris. halt, O.N. haltr, O.H.G. halz, Goth. halts "lame"), from PIE *qelad, from base *qela- "to break" (cf. Rus. koldyka "lame," Gk. kolobos "broken, curtailed").
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Halt definition


lame on the feet (Gen. 32:31; Ps. 38:17). To "halt between two opinions" (1 Kings 18:21) is supposed by some to be an expression used in "allusion to birds, which hop from spray to spray, forwards and backwards." The LXX. render the expression "How long go ye lame on both knees?" The Hebrew verb rendered "halt" is used of the irregular dance ("leaped upon") around the altar (ver. 26). It indicates a lame, uncertain gait, going now in one direction, now in another, in the frenzy of wild leaping.

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Example sentences
Years of alarming decline have finally halted for a shorebird that undertakes
  one of the world's longest migrations.
We would have been stranded, and the expedition would have to be halted
  immediately.
War halted the tourist trade and drastically cut industrial output, including a
  lucrative ship-building business.
For the past ten minutes, though, the line has been halted.
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