American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A suspension of movement or progress, especially a temporary one: The car rolled to a halt when it stalled.
- v. To cause to stop: The government hopes to halt tax fraud.
- v. To stop; pause: The hikers halted for lunch and some rest. See Synonyms at stop.
- v. To proceed or act with uncertainty or indecision; waver.
- v. To be defective or proceed poorly, as in the development of an argument in logic or in the rhythmic structure of verse.
- v. To limp or hobble.
- adj. Archaic Lame; crippled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lame; not able to walk without limping.
- To limp; move with a limping gait.
- To stand in doubt; hesitate; linger; delay.
- To be lame, faulty, or defective, as in connection of ideas, or in measure or versification: as, a halting metaphor; a halting sonnet.
- n. The act of limping; lameness; a defect in gait.
- n. A disease in sheep.
- n. A stop; a suspension of progress in walking, riding, or going in any manner, and especially in marching.
- To stop in walking or going; cease to advance; stop for a longer or shorter time on a march, as a body of troops.
- To bring to a stand; cause to cease marching: as, the general halted his troops.
- A Middle English contraction of haldeth, equivalent to holdeth, third person singular of the present indicative of hold.
- adj. archaic Lame, limping.
- v. To limp.
- v. To waver.
- v. To falter.
- n. dated Lameness; a limp.
- v. intransitive To stop marching.
- v. intransitive To stop either temporarily or permanently.
- v. transitive To bring to a stop.
- v. transitive To cause to discontinue.
- n. A cessation, either temporary or permanent.
- n. A minor railway station (usually unstaffed) in the United Kingdom.
GNU Webster's 1913
- obsolete 3d pers. sing. pres. of hold, contraction for
- n. A stop in marching or walking, or in any action; arrest of progress.
- v. To hold one's self from proceeding; to hold up; to cease progress; to stop for a longer or shorter period; to come to a stop; to stand still.
- v. To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; to hesitate; to be uncertain.
- v. (Mil.) To cause to cease marching; to stop.
- adj. Halting or stopping in walking; lame.
- n. The act of limping; lameness.
- v. To walk lamely; to limp.
- v. To have an irregular rhythm; to be defective.
- v. stop the flow of a liquid
- v. come to a halt, stop moving
- n. the state of inactivity following an interruption
- v. stop from happening or developing
- n. an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement
- v. cause to stop
- adj. disabled in the feet or legs
- n. the event of something ending
- Middle High German halt (imperative of halten); Old High German haltan. English usage circa 1598 in one sense, the intransitive verb sense wasn't used until 1656. (Wiktionary)
- German, sing. imperative of halten, to stop, from Middle High German, from Old High German haltan.Middle English halten, to limp, from Old English healtian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Having the sun and moon halt is extraordinarily uncommon.”
“Brian Strutton, the GMB union's national secretary for public services, said: Is Mr Alexander saying in reaction to the way some unions are proceeding, what we are going to do is call a halt to these negotiations, so for the majority like me, who are trying to negotiate our way through this, the government is actually switching me off, actually pushing me in the dispute camp?”
“As his successor was calling a halt to budget negotiations with Republicans on a June special election at the end of last month, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was in London for the gala honoring his friend Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday.”
“Even a short halt is a reminder of the leverage Pakistan has over the United States at a crucial time in the 9-year-old war.”
“As he requested, they called a halt to the federal government's cruel plan to take 202 chimpanzees and subject them once again to years of experiments.”
“As he requested, they called a halt to the federal government s cruel plan to take 202 chimpanzees and subject them once again to years of experiments.”
“The rationale for this short-term halt to new drilling was so that officials could figure out what went wrong and how to avoid such an event in the future.”
“Even were the previous individual county results suspect, the remedy would be to redo them along with the rest of the state, not to stop the counting across the whole state that would have cured (as best as could be done) the “disparate” treatment of certain counties (which halt is what Dubya asked for and got).”
“When I first heard this song and this batch of material a few years ago, I called a halt in the middle of practice and I said, "Guys these are great songs and this is our chance to recapture some of what we lost when we broke up.”
“Because it calls a halt to hierarchies that obtain during work, the party becomes, like friendship, a great leveler.”
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