American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Good condition; proper form: "policy 'adjustments' designed to bring the . . . country's economy back into kilter with the Western economic system” ( Edward Zuckerman).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Order; proper form, adaptation, or condition: only in the colloquial phrase out of kilter.
- n. In poker, a hand with no card above a nine. no pair, and no chance to make either flush or straight.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Regular order or proper condition. Same as kelter, but kilter is the more common spelling in the U. S. Used chiefly in the phrase out of kilter, meaning out of order or irregular in some manner.
- n. in working order
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“My day today is off kilter from the norm, but still busy.”
“I was off-kilter from the start - my alarm didn't go off so I slept in.”
“As for right now, Eastern Standard Time has left us — migrating over one time zone arena. grin Until our new Daylight Savings Times overlords allow things to go back to kilter, that is.”
“She uses the word kilter and not in the out-of sense.”
“these would never fly - and, the strut landing gear on the middle body - the orientation is askew, off "kilter" - so would have problems in landing.”
“Oddly, Ms. McDonagh simply tries to confuse the issues and the meanings of unavoidable boundaries by reasserting her own specialized lexicon of plausible sounding, but profoundly off-kilter, meanings.”
“They know how everything is connected in circles, and how things get way out of kilter if you pull one person out of a system and elevate or lower them to a different plane than the others.”
“Through it all, Chelsea never lets anyone off the hook, even herself, as she delivers page after page of irrevent humor, biting wit, and deliciously off-kilter entertainment.”
“North American CEOs seem most out of kilter with stakeholders. 87 percent say their company is trusted by the public and stakeholders vs.”
“Shennan says he was sad to see it go but the annual event cost in the "high hundreds of thousands of pounds" and was "getting out of kilter in terms of our finances".”
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