- to stop; cease moving, operating, etc., either permanently or temporarily: They halted for lunch and strolled about.
- to cause to stop temporarily or permanently; bring to a stop: They halted operations during contract negotiations.
- a temporary or permanent stop.
- (used as a command to stop and stand motionless, as to marching troops or to a fleeing suspect.)
Origin of halt1
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- 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.
Origin of halt2
Examples from the Web for halt
Nevetheless, Democratic rule has not only failed to halt the trend, but appears to have accelerated it.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
My golden age comes to a halt with the ascendancy of music videos.The Golden Age of Rock Album Covers
December 5, 2014
With both branches of Congress now under Republican control, we should act to halt those power grabs, too.Obama’s ISIS War Is Illegal
Sen. Rand Paul
November 10, 2014
The formation of neologisms is a natural process that no amount of outrage can halt.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
November 3, 2014
Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone do not have the staff, stuff and systems required to halt the outbreak on their own.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere
October 24, 2014
And he brought the mare to a halt by jerking the rope around her neck.Way of the Lawless
In the hall a halt was made and the dreaded good-byes began.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Magnificent was the day, indeed, and sorely did La Malne tempt us to a halt.The Roof of France
As she came near him his hand closed over hers, bringing her to a halt.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
First the blind, then the deaf and the dumb, then the halt and the lame—and so on.The Secret Agent
- an interruption or end to activity, movement, or progress
- mainly British a minor railway station, without permanent buildings
- call a halt to put an end (to something); stop
- a command to halt, esp as an order when marching
- to come or bring to a halt
- (esp of logic or verse) to falter or be defective
- to waver or be unsure
- archaic to be lame
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the halt
- archaic lameness
Word Origin and History for halt
"a stop, a halting," 1590s, from French halte (16c.) or Italian alto, ultimately from German Halt, imperative from Old High German halten "to hold" (see hold (v.)). A German military command borrowed into the Romanic languages 16c. The verb in this sense is from 1650s, from the noun. Related: Halted; halting.
"lame," in Old English lemphalt "limping," from Proto-Germanic *haltaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian halt, Old Norse haltr, Old High German halz, Gothic halts "lame"), from PIE *keld-, from root *kel- "to strike, cut," with derivatives meaning "something broken or cut off" (cf. Russian koldyka "lame," Greek kolobos "broken, curtailed"). The noun meaning "one who limps; the lame collectively" is from c.1200.