1

halt

play
adjective \ ˈhȯlt \

Definition of halt

:having a manner of walking that is impaired by a limp :lame

Origin and Etymology of halt

Middle English, from Old English healt; akin to Old High German halz lame


2

halt

verb

Definition of halt

intransitive verb
1 :to walk or proceed lamely :limp
2 :to be in a state of uncertainty or doubt between alternate courses or choices :waver
3 :to display weakness or imperfection :falter
  • The argument often halts and sometimes breaks down completely.

Recent Examples of halt from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'halt.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of halt

see 1halt


3

halt

noun

Definition of halt

:stop
  • The car came to a halt.
  • brought production to a halt

Examples of halt in a Sentence

  1. They put a halt to the rumors.

  2. The car skidded to a halt.

Recent Examples of halt from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'halt.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of halt

German, from Middle High German, from halt, imperative of halten to hold, from Old High German haltan — more at hold


4

halt

verb

Definition of halt

intransitive verb
1 :to cease marching or journeying
2 :discontinue, terminate
  • the project halted for lack of funds
transitive verb
1 :to bring to a stop
  • the strike halted subways and buses
2 :to cause the discontinuance of :end
  • halt hostilities

Recent Examples of halt from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'halt.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of halt

see 3halt



HALT Defined for English Language Learners

halt

noun

Definition of halt for English Language Learners

  • : the stopping or ending of movement, progress, or action

  • : a small railroad stop at which there is no station


HALT Defined for Kids

1

halt

play
verb \ ˈhȯlt \

Definition of halt for Students

halted; halting
1 :to stop or cause to stop marching or traveling
2 :2end We halt work at four o'clock.

2

halt

noun

Definition of halt for Students

:1end 2
  • Call a halt to the fighting.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up halt? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a strongly worded attack

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!