from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device made of rope or leather straps that fits around the head or neck of an animal and is used to lead or secure the animal.
- n. A rope with a noose used for execution by hanging.
- n. Death or execution by hanging.
- n. A halter-top.
- transitive v. To put a halter on.
- transitive v. To control with or as if with a halter.
- transitive v. To hang (someone).
- n. Either of the small, clublike balancing organs that are the rudimentary hind wings of flies and other dipterous insects. Also called balancer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bitless headpiece of rope or straps, placed on the head of animals such as cattle or horses to lead or tie them.
- n. A rope with a noose, for hanging criminals; the gallows rope.
- n. A woman's garment covering the upper chest, a halter top.
- v. To place a halter on.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who halts or limps; a cripple.
- n. A rope or strap, with or without a headstall, for leading or tying a horse.
- n. A rope for hanging malefactors; a noose.
- transitive v. To tie by the neck with a rope, strap, or halter; to put a halter on; to subject to a hangman's halter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who halts or limps; hence, one who hesitates as in doubt.
- n. A rope, cord, or strap having at one end a noose or a head-stall, for leading or confining a horse or other animal.
- n. A rope specially intended for hanging malefactors; a hangman's noose.
- To put a halter on; catch, hold, or make fast with or as if with a halter: as, to halter a horse.
- n. In entomology, one of the poisers or balancers of insects: usually in the plural.
- To hang with a halter; hang.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading
- n. a woman's top that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered
- v. prevent the progress or free movement of
- v. hang with a halter
- n. a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging
- n. either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight
Middle English, from Old English hælftre.
Latin haltēr, lead weights used in leaping exercises, from sing. of Greek haltēres, from hallesthai, to jump; see sel- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English halter, helter, helfter, from Old English hælfter, hælftre ("halter"), from Proto-Germanic *halftrō, *halftrijaz (“harness”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kel- (“to cut”), equivalent to half- + -ter. Cognate with Scots helter ("halter"), Dutch halfter, halster ("halter"), Low German halfter, helchter, halter ("halter"), German Halfter ("halter, holster"). (Wiktionary)