kilter

noun
kil·​ter | \ ˈkil-tər \

Definition of kilter 

: proper or usual state or condition : order out of kilter

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Synonyms for kilter

Synonyms

condition, estate, fettle, form, health, keeping, nick [British], order, repair, shape, trim

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Examples of kilter in a Sentence

since I dropped my food processor, it's been all out of kilter

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For a roughly 7-by-6-foot fringed blanket and charming pillows (there’s a choice of two colors and sizes), the scarves have been chopped up and stitched together in a tastefully off-kilter patchwork motif. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Acne Studios Offers a Characteristically Cool Take on Home Goods," 5 Dec. 2018 All of the toys in the collection have a perfectly off-kilter sense of fun. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ikea’s new line of toys is perfectly off-kilter," 10 Sep. 2018 Had its angle of entry been even one degree off kilter, JPL mission engineers said, the spacecraft would have been deflected into deep space or burned up by friction in the thin Martian air. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Lands Safely on Mars," 26 Nov. 2018 Like many technological forecasts, these visions may be slightly off-kilter from the future that actually unfolds. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Self-Driving Car Returns to Earth," 30 Nov. 2018 The movie’s title design — and, even more so, the chapter titles that appear throughout the film — is at once buttoned-up and off-kilter. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sorry to Bother You," 12 Nov. 2018 Retrofuturist Bangs, Bobs, and Bowls are Having a Moment As far as Guido Palau's career-making shears are concerned, the shorter and more off-kilter the cut, the better. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 6 Beauty Lessons To Steal Right Now From Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018 There are vibrant knitted scarves from Cape Town designer Nicholas Coutts and sustainable yet off-kilter garments from Johannesburg duo Mmuso Potsane and Maxwell Boko’s line, MmusoMaxwell, to name a couple. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "The Folklore Is a New Online Concept Store Bringing Some of Africa’s Best New Designers to the U.S.," 11 Sep. 2018 Both acts exist in an experimental limbo that allows them to claim rock (Mr. Bhatia also performs with Son Lux) and electronic music without ever losing the possibility that at any moment, things could go completely and thrillingly off-kilter. New York Times, "12 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of kilter

1628, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kilter

origin unknown

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kilter

noun
kil·​ter | \ ˈkil-tər \

Kids Definition of kilter

: proper condition The TV is out of kilter.

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