halter

1
[hawl-ter]

noun

verb (used with object)

to put a halter on; restrain as by a halter.
to hang (a person).

adjective

(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.

Nearby words

  1. halsted,
  2. halsted's operation,
  3. halsted's suture,
  4. halsted, william stewart,
  5. halt,
  6. haltere,
  7. halteres,
  8. halting,
  9. haltingly,
  10. haltom city

Origin of halter

1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hælfter; cognate with German Halfter

Related formshal·ter·like, adjectiveun·hal·tered, adjectiveun·hal·ter·ing, adjective

halter

2
[hal-ter]

noun, plural hal·te·res [hal-teer-eez] /hælˈtɪər iz/.

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 halter

2
< New Latin, special use of Latin halter jumping weight < Greek háltēr, akin to hállesthai, Latin salīre to jump (see saltant)

Also called balancer.

halter

3
[hawl-ter]

noun

a person who halts or brings to a stop.

Origin of halter

3

halter

4
[hawl-ter]

noun

a person who halts, falters, or hesitates.

Origin of halter

4
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at halt2, -er1

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.

adjective

Archaic. lame; limping.

noun

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 halt

2
before 900; Middle English; Old English healt; cognate with Old High German halz, Old Norse haltr, Gothic halts, akin to Latin clādēs damage, loss

Related formshalt·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for halter

halter

noun

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

verb (tr)

to secure with a halter or put a halter on
to hang (someone)

Word Origin for halter

Old English hælfter; related to Old High German halftra, Middle Dutch heliftra

halt

1

noun

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

noun, sentence substitute

a command to halt, esp as an order when marching

verb

to come or bring to a halt

Word Origin for halt

C17: from the phrase to make halt, translation of German halt machen, from halten to hold 1, stop

halt

2

verb (intr)

(esp of logic or verse) to falter or be defective
to waver or be unsure
archaic to be lame

adjective

archaic
  1. lame
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the halt

noun

archaic lameness

Word Origin for halt

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 and History for halter
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Idioms and Phrases with halter

halt

see call a halt; come to a halt; grind to a halt.

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