halter

1
[ hawl-ter ]
/ ˈhɔl tər /

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.

Origin of halter

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

Related forms

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

Definition for halter (2 of 5)

halter

2
[ hal-ter ]
/ ˈhæl tər /

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.

Definition for halter (3 of 5)

halter

3
[ hawl-ter ]
/ ˈhɔl tər /

noun

a person who halts or brings to a stop.

Origin of halter

3

Definition for halter (4 of 5)

halter

4
[ hawl-ter ]
/ ˈhɔl tər /

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

Definition for halter (5 of 5)

halt

2
[ hawlt ]
/ hɔlt /

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 forms

halt·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for halter (1 of 3)

halter

/ (ˈhɔːltə) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for halter (2 of 3)

halt

1
/ (hɔːlt) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for halter (3 of 3)

halt

2
/ (hɔːlt) /

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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Idioms and Phrases with halter

halt


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

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