the halt


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

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

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halt1 (hɔːlt)
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
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)
1.  (esp of logic or verse) to falter or be defective
2.  to waver or be unsure
3.  archaic to be lame
4.  archaic
 a.  lame
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the halt
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

"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.

"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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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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