Main definitions of halt in English

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halt1

verb

  • 1Bring or come to an abrupt stop:

    [with object] ‘there is growing pressure to halt the bloodshed’
    [no object] ‘she halted in mid sentence’
    • ‘Once four or five trusses have formed, pinch out the main growing stem to halt the plant's growth.’
    • ‘Thailand's Nation mass media group said Tuesday it has been pressured to halt radio and TV broadcasts of political news and commentaries.’
    • ‘A last-ditch bid to halt new charges being brought in for a car park at Holland-on-Sea has been thrown out.’
    • ‘As water gushes down, its speed should be checked, slowly halted and made to glide and then its absorption should be facilitated, he says.’
    • ‘Certainly, at both sets of stalls the procession would halt, garlands would be draped over the Brahmins and political candidates, and more coconuts cracked over the rath.’
    • ‘Just as in the case of the failure of deficit spending, more consumption by household will not halt recessionary pressures.’
    • ‘Before the flyovers were built, buses would halt at several stops on the road and this was convenient to many who lived or worked around these stops.’
    • ‘This will include driving at a maximum speed of 30 kilometres an hour and dropping off and picking up passengers only after buses have halted exactly at their stops.’
    • ‘Quite clearly, there is a job of work to be done in terms of our relationship with Indonesia to in some way check or halt this process.’
    • ‘The whispered conversation had halted momentarily upon his abrupt arrival, but began again.’
    • ‘American companies will, in the next few years, come under intense political pressure to halt the loss of jobs to India and China.’
    • ‘Nobody has ever succeeded in halting the terminal decline.’
    • ‘Because Clyde can't make it up some hills if he has to halt at certain stop signs, he has already been chastised for coming to a roll-stop by local police.’
    • ‘Scorpio Rising is one rollercoaster rise that doesn't end until the album halts to a complete stop.’
    • ‘The silence was broken as the warder hung the notices, the crowd rushed forward, blocking the road, halting the traffic, and sweeping the police aside.’
    • ‘Then his fluent stride was halted when he broke the cannon bone in his right foreleg.’
    • ‘But the protesters, who are increasingly determined to halt the spread of wind farms, are unconvinced.’
    • ‘Orkney had protested that the scheme - to halt livestock shipping in winds of force five or more - would disrupt transportation for months.’
    • ‘However, the introduction of the euro will halt the practice that grew up under Milosevic regime of uncontrolled money printing, Krgovic said.’
    • ‘She had pressed the bell indicating that she wanted the bus to halt at the next stop where she would disembark.’
    stop, come to a halt, come to a stop, come to a standstill, come to rest, pull up, draw up, stand still, draw to a stand
    cease, stop, finish, discontinue, terminate, conclude, come to an end, come to a halt, come to a stop, draw to a close, come to a standstill, be over, be abandoned
    terminate, end, stop, cease, finish, suspend, bring to a stop, bring to a close, bring to an end, put an end to, put a stop to, break off, wind up
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    1. 1.1[in imperative] Used as a military command to bring marching soldiers to a stop:
      ‘company, halt!’
      • ‘"Right, left, right, left, right, left, halt." "About face." "Forward march."’
      • ‘Company, halt!’

noun

  • 1A suspension of movement or activity, typically a temporary one:

    ‘a halt in production’
    ‘a bus screeched to a halt’
    • ‘As the breeze passed away, they came to a halt, breathing hard, straining to control the sound of their breathing.’
    • ‘When a vehicle finally comes to a halt, it does so wherever the driver pleases, like a toddler falling asleep in the middle of the living-room floor.’
    • ‘The Humvee made a hard right and jerked to a halt.’
    • ‘The 2001 U.S. recession brought Mexican growth to a halt, and foreign investors have begun moving production to lower cost locations in Asia.’
    • ‘On Monday, May 17, the BSE hit the bottom circuit of 10 per cent, twice leading to a halt in trading by three hours.’
    • ‘While the inauguration of the mall was scheduled for 10.23 a.m., the crowd gathered an hour before bringing traffic movement to a halt.’
    • ‘York motorists were hit with road chaos, as accidents and roadworks brought traffic to a halt, and panic-buying closed a busy petrol station.’
    • ‘But Katrina has forced production in the state to come to a halt.’
    • ‘Eventually, the party derails and Matty crashes to a halt.’
    • ‘This was necessary, he argues, in part because the physical and cognitive costs of trying to accommodate all the information that was produced would bring the lab to a halt.’
    • ‘An epiphany strikes me with the magnificent glory of a holy intervention and instantly brings my seizure to a halt.’
    • ‘AAF resumed production last week after closing its operation for nine months due to a halt in the supply of gas from the Arun fields.’
    • ‘Homebuilding activity, forced to a halt during the war, instead of resuming remained at a standstill.’
    • ‘When two siren-blaring ambulances screeched to a halt in front of Yashoda Superspecialities Hospitals, passers-by were alarmed.’
    • ‘Drainage activities ground almost to a halt as a result of a lack of funds.’
    • ‘I for one, would love nothing more than a general stoppage which would bring production in the country to a halt!’
    • ‘A police spokesman said on arrival in Valencia heavily-armed soldiers and police officers surrounded the area, bringing work at the quarries to a halt.’
    • ‘All activity drew to a halt when Mom baked her cheesecake.’
    • ‘After a high speed chase lasting several minutes, the car left the road and slid to a halt.’
    • ‘But that is apparently as close as it got before the anomalous signal brought the activities to a halt.’
    stop, standstill
    cessation, termination, stoppage, stopping, close, end, discontinuation, discontinuance
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    1. 1.1British A minor stopping place on a local railway line.
      • ‘Among the victims was the Skipton to Ilkley line and about 80 stations and halts in the Aire and Wharfe valleys and in the Bradford area.’
      • ‘In this article Weston Subedge was described as just a halt not a station.’
      • ‘There are five halts along the line with an occasional passing loop in the event of more than one train running at the same time.’
      • ‘There is a new suburban railway line with excellent little halts by Martin Despang, and a new station for intercity ICE trains has been built on the Berlin-Hanover line.’
      • ‘A new railway halt, with maybe an extension of the Dart electrification, would provide the necessary fast link to the city centre.’

Origin

Late 16th century: originally in the phrase make halt, from German haltmachen, from halten to hold.

Pronunciation:

halt

/hɔːlt/

Main definitions of halt in English

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halt2

adjective

archaic
  • Lame:

    ‘if a man were halt or hunch'd’
    • ‘"He who is halt" clearly refers to Zar, who walks with a painful limp because of a leg injury he suffered many years before.’
    • ‘If a woman were blind, the good wonder-workers would give her back her eyes; if a man were halt, they would give him back his leg.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]archaic
  • Walk with a limp:

    ‘he halted slightly in his walk’
    • ‘It was then perceptible that he halted slightly in his walk; and, indeed, he had been lame from his birth.’
    • ‘Jacob steps forth to meet him halfway, alone, before an army, halting and limping and bowing down to the ground.’

Origin

Old English healtian (verb), halt, healt (adjective), of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

halt

/hɔːlt/