What does halter mean?

Definitions for halterˈhɔl tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. halter, hackamore(noun)

    rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading

  2. hangman's rope, hangman's halter, halter, hemp, hempen necktie(noun)

    a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging

  3. halter(noun)

    a woman's top that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered

  4. halter, haltere, balancer(verb)

    either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight

  5. halter(verb)

    hang with a halter

  6. hamper, halter, cramp, strangle(verb)

    prevent the progress or free movement of

    "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"


  1. halter(Noun)

    A bitless headpiece of rope or straps, placed on the head of animals such as cattle or horses to lead or tie them.

  2. halter(Noun)

    A rope with a noose, for hanging criminals; the gallows rope.

  3. halter(Noun)

    A woman's garment covering the upper chest, a halter top.

  4. halter(Verb)

    To place a halter on.

    What do you mean you didn't halter the horses when we stopped for the night?

  5. Origin: From halter, helter, helfter, from hælfter, hælftre, from halftrō, from (s)kel-, equivalent to . Cognate with helter, halfter, halster, halfter, helchter, halter, Halfter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Halter(noun)

    one who halts or limps; a cripple

  2. Halter(noun)

    a strong strap or cord

  3. Halter(noun)

    a rope or strap, with or without a headstall, for leading or tying a horse

  4. Halter(noun)

    a rope for hanging malefactors; a noose

  5. Halter(verb)

    to tie by the neck with a rope, strap, or halter; to put a halter on; to subject to a hangman's halter

  6. Origin: [OE. halter, helter, helfter, AS. hlftre; akin to G. halfter, D. halfter, halster, and also to E. helve. See Helve.]


  1. Halter

    A halter, headcollar, or, less often, headstall, is headgear that is used to lead or tie up livestock and, occasionally, other animals; it fits behind the ears, and around the muzzle. To handle the animal, usually a lead rope or lead shank is attached. On smaller animals, such as dogs, a leash is attached to the halter.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Halter

    hawlt′ėr, n. a head-rope for holding and leading a horse: a rope for hanging criminals: a strong strap or cord.—v.t. to catch or bind with a rope. [A.S. hælftre; Ger. halfter.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of halter in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of halter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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