Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).

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  • n. Good form, order or condition; fettle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. in working order

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.

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  • Interesting that AHD cites an example with positive polarity.

    February 26, 2013