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

  • n. A suspension of movement or progress, especially a temporary one: The car rolled to a halt when it stalled.
  • transitive v. To cause to stop: The government hopes to halt tax fraud.
  • intransitive v. To stop; pause: The hikers halted for lunch and some rest. See Synonyms at stop.
  • intransitive v. To proceed or act with uncertainty or indecision; waver.
  • intransitive v. To be defective or proceed poorly, as in the development of an argument in logic or in the rhythmic structure of verse.
  • intransitive v. To limp or hobble.
  • adj. Archaic Lame; crippled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lame, limping.
  • v. To limp.
  • v. To waver.
  • v. To falter.
  • n. Lameness; a limp.
  • v. To stop marching.
  • v. To stop either temporarily or permanently.
  • v. To bring to a stop.
  • v. To cause to discontinue.
  • n. A cessation, either temporary or permanent.
  • n. A minor railway station (usually unstaffed) in the United Kingdom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3d pers. sing. pres. of hold, contraction for holdeth.
  • adj. Halting or stopping in walking; lame.
  • n. A stop in marching or walking, or in any action; arrest of progress.
  • n. The act of limping; lameness.
  • intransitive v. To hold one's self from proceeding; to hold up; to cease progress; to stop for a longer or shorter period; to come to a stop; to stand still.
  • intransitive v. To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; to hesitate; to be uncertain.
  • intransitive v. To walk lamely; to limp.
  • intransitive v. To have an irregular rhythm; to be defective.
  • transitive v. To cause to cease marching; to stop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lame; not able to walk without limping.
  • To limp; move with a limping gait.
  • To stand in doubt; hesitate; linger; delay.
  • To be lame, faulty, or defective, as in connection of ideas, or in measure or versification: as, a halting metaphor; a halting sonnet.
  • To stop in walking or going; cease to advance; stop for a longer or shorter time on a march, as a body of troops.
  • To bring to a stand; cause to cease marching: as, the general halted his troops.
  • A Middle English contraction of haldeth, equivalent to holdeth, third person singular of the present indicative of hold.
  • n. The act of limping; lameness; a defect in gait.
  • n. A disease in sheep.
  • n. A stop; a suspension of progress in walking, riding, or going in any manner, and especially in marching.

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

  • v. stop the flow of a liquid
  • v. come to a halt, stop moving
  • n. the state of inactivity following an interruption
  • v. stop from happening or developing
  • n. an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement
  • v. cause to stop
  • adj. disabled in the feet or legs
  • n. the event of something ending

Etymologies

German, sing. imperative of halten, to stop, from Middle High German, from Old High German haltan.
Middle English halten, to limp, from Old English healtian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle High German halt (imperative of halten); Old High German haltan. English usage circa 1598 in one sense, the intransitive verb sense wasn't used until 1656. (Wiktionary)
Old English healt (verb healtian), from Proto-Germanic *haltaz. Cognate with Danish halt, Swedish halt. (Wiktionary)

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