- a rope or strap with a noose or headstall for leading or restraining horses or cattle.
- a rope with a noose for hanging criminals; the hangman's noose; gallows.
- death by hanging.
- 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.
- to put a halter on; restrain as by a halter.
- to hang (a person).
- (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 of halter1
- one of a pair of slender, club-shaped appendages on the hindmost body segment of a fly, serving to maintain its balance in flight.
Origin of halter2
- a person who halts or brings to a stop.
Origin of halter3
- a person who halts, falters, or hesitates.
Origin of halter4
- 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 halter
“There are many after-hours events where you can show off your halter, strapless shirt or dress, or mini-skirt,” Royer wrote.A Handy Guide To Help You Dress for CPAC
Misty White Sidell
March 13, 2013
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Halter sounded at least a tad reluctant to take on the mantle of the Great Progressive Hope.Attack from the Left
March 2, 2010
The most helpful hint was that twisting the sashes was the key to the halter top.Can an $895 Dress Be a Bargain?
November 29, 2009
It featured a brief that extended halfway up the midriff, just below the breasts, and was held up with a halter neck tie.The Return of the Monokini
July 22, 2009
She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff.Bill O'Reilly Is Stalking Me
March 30, 2009
Put a halter round her neck, and sell her for a pot of beer.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I've no halter the way I can ride down on the mare, and I must go now quickly.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
He struck the horse over the flank with the loose end of the halter rein.In the Midst of Alarms
They may win, and if they do, it will be our necks that will be put into the yoke--or the halter.In the Valley
When they reached her gate, it was she who took the halter from Elvin's hand, and tied the horse.Meadow Grass
- a rope or canvas headgear for a horse, usually with a rope for leading
- Also called: halterneck a style of woman's top fastened behind the neck and waist, leaving the back and arms bare
- a rope having a noose for hanging a person
- death by hanging
- to secure with a halter or put a halter on
- to hang (someone)
- 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 halter
Old English hælftre "rope for leading a horse," from West Germanic *halftra- "that by which something is held" (cf. Old Saxon haliftra "halter," Old High German halftra, Middle Dutch 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.
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with halter
see call a halt; come to a halt; grind to a halt.