Halt 3d pers. sing. pres. of Hold, contraction for holdeth. [Obs.]
Halt n. A stop in marching or walking, or in any action; arrest of progress.
Without any halt they marched. --Clarendon.
[Lovers] soon in passion's war contest,
Yet in their march soon make a halt. --Davenant.
Halt, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Halted; p. pr. & vb. n. Halting.]
1. 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.
2. To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; to hesitate; to be uncertain.
How long halt ye between two opinions? --1 Kings xviii. 21.
Halt v. t. Mil. To cause to cease marching; to stop; as, the general halted his troops for refreshment.
Halt, a. Halting or stopping in walking; lame.
Bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. --Luke xiv. 21.
Halt, v. i.
1. To walk lamely; to limp.
2. To have an irregular rhythm; to be defective.
The blank verse shall halt for it. --Shak.
Halt, n. The act of limping; lameness.
adj : disabled in the feet or legs; "a crippled soldier"; "a game
leg" [syn: crippled, halting, lame, game]
n 1: the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the
negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check";
"during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay
enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire
stop in his seat" [syn: arrest, check, hitch, stay,
2: the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the
bottom of the hill" [syn: stop]
3: an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or
movement; "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze"
v 1: cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress";
"halt the presses" [syn: hold, arrest]
2: come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped"; "She stopped
in front of a store window" [syn: stop] [ant: start]
3: stop from happening or developing; "Block his election";
"Halt the process" [syn: stop, block, kibosh]
4: stop the flow of a liquid; "staunch the blood flow"; "them
the tide" [syn: stem, stanch, staunch]
lame on the feet (Gen. 32:31; Ps. 38:17). To "halt between two
opinions" (1 Kings 18:21) is supposed by some to be an
expression used in "allusion to birds, which hop from spray to
spray, forwards and backwards." The LXX. render the expression
"How long go ye lame on both knees?" The Hebrew verb rendered
"halt" is used of the irregular dance ("leaped upon") around the
altar (ver. 26). It indicates a lame, uncertain gait, going now
in one direction, now in another, in the frenzy of wild leaping.