halter

1 [hawl-ter]
noun
1.
a rope or strap with a noose or headstall for leading or restraining horses or cattle.
2.
a rope with a noose for hanging criminals; the hangman's noose; gallows.
3.
death by hanging.
4.
Also called halter top. a woman's top, secured behind the neck and across the back, leaving the arms, shoulders, upperback, and often the midriff bare.
verb (used with object)
5.
to put a halter on; restrain as by a halter.
6.
to hang (a person).
adjective
7.
(of a garment) having a neckline consisting of a cord, strap, band, or the like that is attached to or forms part of the front of a backless and sleeveless bodice and extends around the neck: a halter dress.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hælfter; cognate with German Halfter

halterlike, adjective
unhaltered, adjective
unhaltering, adjective
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halter

2 [hal-ter]
noun, plural halteres [hal-teer-eez] .
one of a pair of slender, club-shaped appendages on the hindmost body segment of a fly, serving to maintain its balance in flight.
Also called balancer.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin, special use of Latin halter jumping weight < Greek háltēr, akin to hállesthai, Latin salīre to jump (see saltant)

halter

3 [hawl-ter] .
noun
a person who halts or brings to a stop.

Origin:
halt1 + -er1

halter

4 [hawl-ter]
noun
a person who halts, falters, or hesitates.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see halt2, -er1

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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World English Dictionary
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]

halter (ˈhɔːltə)
 
n
1.  a rope or canvas headgear for a horse, usually with a rope for leading
2.  Also called: halterneck a style of woman's top fastened behind the neck and waist, leaving the back and arms bare
3.  a rope having a noose for hanging a person
4.  death by hanging
 
vb
5.  to secure with a halter or put a halter on
6.  to hang (someone)
 
[Old English hælfter; related to Old High German halftra, Middle Dutch heliftra]

haltere or halter (ˈhæltɪə, ˈhæltə)
 
n , pl halteres
Also called: balancer one of a pair of short projections in dipterous insects that are modified hind wings, used for maintaining equilibrium during flight
 
[C18: from Greek haltēres (plural) hand-held weights used as balancers or to give impetus in leaping, from hallesthai to leap]
 
halter or halter (ˈhæltɪə, ˈhæltə, hælˈtɪəriːz)
 
n
 
[C18: from Greek haltēres (plural) hand-held weights used as balancers or to give impetus in leaping, from hallesthai to leap]

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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").

halter
O.E. hælftre "halter for horses," from W.Gmc. *halftra- "that by which something is held" (cf. O.H.G. halftra, M.Du. halfter, see helve). In women's clothing sense, originally "strap attached to the top of a backless bodice and looped around the neck," 1935, later extended
to the tops themselves.
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Bible Dictionary

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
Flanking them are halter-topped honeys with long, two-tone hair.
One day you will want to wear a halter-necked backless gown.
Four or five mules long, a string is fashioned, each mule's halter tied to the
  rear of the next mule's aparejo.
Although, having my neuroscience quote tattooed on my back to where it sticks
  out of halter tops is a fun party trick.
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