kil·​ter | \ˈkil-tər \

Definition of kilter 

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

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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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It was filmed entirely from the protagonist’s point-of-view, which gave the cinematography an off-kilter (but interesting) feel. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "I Tracked My Heart Rate While Watching the 10 'Scariest' Movies on Netflix," 14 June 2018 Their occurrence was considered a reproach to a status quo either mired in sin or out of kilter. Special To The Oregonian,, "Quake expert Lucy Jones examines natural disaster and human denial in 'The Big Ones'," 18 Apr. 2018 Filling the right-hand page, buildings surrounded by fortified walls tilt out of kilter, breaking through the painting’s border. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Epic Tales From Ancient India’ Review: Stories Told in All Their Splendor," 26 June 2018 Then Purdue's offense got off kilter, and the Buckeyes got arguably their most impressive win of the season. Bill Landis,, "Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament: Avoiding one-and-done in Boise could fall on Buckeyes bench," 15 Mar. 2018 The artist Thomas Schütte designed an off-kilter cabin, called the Blockhaus, to sit at the end of a path in Vitra’s green pasture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Vitra adds a kooky wood cabin to its campus of architectural gems," 29 June 2018 Publicly, on Twitter: Harris replied with an oh, right! thought bubble so unapologetic that some people thought the duo were doing an off-kilter social media bit. Devon Ivie, GQ, "Neil Patrick Harris Apologized to Rachel Bloom for Being Oblivious," 13 June 2018 Though the event, begun by Elizabeth Taylor in an effort to raise money for the fight against AIDS, was outwardly as glamorous as ever, the atmosphere at the luxurious Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc was off-kilter. Amy Kaufman,, "The first Cannes Film Festival after Harvey Weinstein's downfall struggled with its place in the #MeToo era," 22 May 2018 Ditko was the only Marvel artist given the licence to not draw like Kirby because his signature style -- moody, off-kilter, wirey, and sometimes psychedelic -- possessed an originality that couldn’t be streamlined. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, is dead.," 7 July 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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kil·​ter | \ˈkil-tər \

Kids Definition of kilter

: proper condition The TV is out of kilter.

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obstinately defiant of authority

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