Definitions

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

  • n. A nervous disorder in horses characterized by spasmodic movements in the hind legs that cause the feet to rise abnormally high. Also called springhalt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of springhalt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An habitual sudden twitching of the hinder leg of a horse, or an involuntary or convulsive contraction of the muscles that raise the hock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A corruption of spring-halt.

Etymologies

string, tendon + halt2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Effie is spavined, Addie is knock-kneed and stringhalt, and Jessie, the only one who showed her stockings, has legs without calves, as classic in their outlines as the curves of a broom handle.

    So Sue Me - The Panda's Thumb

  • Growing up with horses, I learned about strange diseases particular to the equine, such as sweeney (a shoulder disorder caused by nerve damage and muscle atrophy), stringhalt (a neurological condition in which the horse involuntarily lifts a hind leg), and strangles (a strep infection that causes yellow nasal discharge).

    The Last Chance Dog

  • -- Well, haven't I a splint and a corn, and ain't one of my fore fetlocks got a formoses, and my hind legs the stringhalt?

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, July 17, 1841

  • Wore a mackinaw, was wringing wet to the skin, had one arm in a sling made of a wild grapevine, face slit up in ribbons as if he'd been fighting bears, limped as if he had stringhalt.

    The Shagganappi

  • She had learned the symptoms of epizoötic -- whatever that was -- and poll-evil and stringhalt, and had gone from that to making a shopping tour through a Montgomery Ward catalogue.

    The Quirt

  • She had learned the symptoms of epizoötic -- whatever that was -- and poll-evil and stringhalt, and had gone from that to making a shopping tour through a Montgomery-Ward catalogue.

    Sawtooth Ranch

  • The stringhalt will gae aff when it's gaen a mile; it's a weel-ken'd ganger; they call it Souple Tam. ''

    Rob Roy

  • Foot-ball produces what may be called the endogenous or ingrowing toenail, stringhalt and mania.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VII. (of X.)

  • The distinction between the two varieties of cool and warm, however, may easily be determined by remembering the fact that in most cases the first, or cool, is due to a simple exostosis, while the second is generally connected with disease of the articulation, such as ulceration of the articular surface -- a condition which, as we proceed further, will receive our attention when we reach the subject of stringhalt.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • Melanotic tumors have been found in the brain and meninges in the form of small, black nodules in gray horses, and in one instance are believed to have induced the condition known as stringhalt.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

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