kil·​ter | \ ˈkil-tər How to pronounce kilter (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web So, which of our galactic neighbors could be responsible for throwing the Milky Way off kilter? Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Something in Space Warped the Dang Milky Way," 4 Mar. 2020 These lamps tend to be off-kilter pieces with soft, rounded edges. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "These Sleek Lamps Illuminate the Promise of 3D Printing," 26 Feb. 2020 But if something really seems off kilter, the monitors will automatically shut off water. Washington Post, "CES Gadget Show: Flying taxis, toilet paper robots and more," 6 Jan. 2020 Davis threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Lady Patriots on defense using a triangle and one, diamond and one, triangle and two, and man coverage to keep the Lady Patriots off kilter. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Girls basketball: Liberty County schools bow out in 1st round," 20 Feb. 2020 There is something coming up —it’s a couple of episodes after tonight’s — where there is another awkward, off-kilter romantic moment that happens that is super great. Ariana Romero,, "Keiko Agena Knows Which Prodigal Son Character Definitely Binges Gilmore Girls," 17 Feb. 2020 Understand that people are off-kilter and just trying to stabilize., "Horoscope," 15 Feb. 2020 The statement also says an ongoing investigation, carried out by Boeing and NASA, identified the root cause of Starliner's off-kilter clock. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Boeing's Starliner spacecraft, built to carry astronauts, faces new safety concerns," 7 Feb. 2020 Holmes wore the dress slightly off-kilter, revealing a sliver of shoulder and a thin black strap. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes Sports Winter White with a Sexy, Ruched Dress," 31 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of kilter was in 1628

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26 Mar 2020

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“Kilter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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kil·​ter | \ ˈkil-tər How to pronounce kilter (audio) \

Kids Definition of kilter

: proper condition The TV is out of kilter.

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