Meaning of HALT in English


I. ˈhȯlt adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English healt; akin to Old High German halz lame, Old Norse haltr, Gothic halts lame, Latin clades destruction, disaster, Greek klan to break, kolos docked, hornless, kolobos docked, curtailed, Lithuanian kalti to beat, forge; basic meaning: beating, hewing

: having a halting walk : lame

gave alms to the halt and … the poor — Jean Stafford

a place for everyone … old and young, hale and halt — Sir Winston Churchill

II. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English halten, from Old English healtian; akin to Old High German halzēn to be lame, limp; derivatives from the root of English halt (I)

1. : to walk or proceed lamely : limp

so lamely … that dogs bark at me as I halt by them — Shakespeare

2. : to stand in perplexity or doubt between alternate courses : waver

3. : to display weakness or imperfection (as in argument, development, or meter) : proceed raggedly or falteringly : falter , lapse

the translation halts now and then — British Book News

the verse that halts in places

the argument often halts and sometimes breaks down completely

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: German, from Middle High German, from halt!, imp. of halten to hold, stop, from Old High German haltan — more at hold

1. : a temporary or definitive stop in marching or walking or in any action or process : arrest of progress

the car came to a sudden halt

economic progress was brought to a halt

a halt , rather than a complete stoppage, in the flow of talent — Irish Digest

time to call a halt in a useless struggle

2. chiefly Britain : a stopping place for public transport ; especially : a railway flag stop

a slow train stopping at every station including halts — Punch

IV. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: German halten to hold, stop, from Old High German haltan

intransitive verb

1. : to cease marching or journeying : stop for a longer or shorter period : stand still

ordered his troops to halt

made two or three … paces about the room, and suddenly halted — W.J.Locke

many families halted and took up land in the mountain valleys — American Guide Series: Tennessee

2. : to discontinue temporarily or permanently : terminate , end , suspend

hostilities halted while the generals conferred

the project halted because of inadequate financial support

transitive verb

1. : to cause to cease marching or journeying : bring to a stop

halted the wagon train at a small settlement

halted the advance of his troops

slid the bowl back down the bar and halted it before the soldier — Kay Boyle

marshes that would have halted any vehicle — American Guide Series: North Carolina

2. : to cause the discontinuance of : terminate the existence or progress of : stop , discontinue

did the best he could to halt the erosion — D.L.Graham

consumer spending … rose and halted the decline — Dun's Review

halt hostilities

sought to halt corruption and increase efficiency

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