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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 (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]

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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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