There are 2 definitions of halter in English:

halter1

Syllabification: halt·er
Pronunciation: /ˈhôltər
 
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noun

1A rope or strap with a noose or headstall placed around the head of a horse or other animal, used for leading or tethering it.
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  • Much of the program is taught to the human and the horse using a rope halter and rope hackamore.
  • It also includes used animal trappings such as harnesses, saddles, halters, reins, rope and chain.
  • The soldiers ride bays or chestnuts and use United States Army regulation saddles, saddlecloths, halters, bridles, and curb bits.
1.1 archaic A rope with a noose for hanging a person.
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  • For which other worse tricks he had not (Archer would not have) escaped the halter (noose), but that (had not) Captain Newport interposed his advice to the contrary – that is that the council should not hang Mr. Archer.
  • And there, made ready for death, with the halter round her neck, she stood upon the fatal ladder in calm serenity, expecting to die.
2 [usually as modifier] A strap by which the bodice of a sleeveless dress or top is fastened or held behind at the neck, leaving the shoulders and back bare: [as modifier]: tourists in halter tops and shorts
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  • His current winter collection features slouch pants, lustrous shirt dresses, halter tops and knee-length dirndl skirts in a predominantly black, white and camel palette.
  • Gowns with halter tops, pouf satin or silk skirts or ripped hems are right in keeping with the rock princess look.
  • The girls looked like they were freezing in their halter tops and reckless skirts but were probably blindly sensibly insulated from it all by means of a dozen Bacardi Breezers.

verb

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1Put a halter on (an animal).
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  • In silence and in darkness they loaded the carriage and haltered the horses.
  • She haltered the strangely docile stallion and tied him up in the tie racks, next to an extremely irritable paint gelding being groomed.
  • Rebecca cast Ansley a hurt look, but Ansley was haltering Matrix and didn't catch it.
1.1 archaic Hang (someone).
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  • The man was speedily placed on the cathead and haltered.
  • They were suffered to have rope enough till they had haltered themselves.

Origin

Old English hælftre, of Germanic origin, meaning 'something to hold things by'; related to German Halfter, also to helve.

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There are 2 definitions of halter in English:

halter2

Syllabification: hal·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈhalˌti(ə)r
 
/
(also haltere)

noun

(usually halteres) Entomology
The balancing organ of a two-winged fly, seen as either of a pair of knobbed filaments that take the place of the hind wings, vibrating during flight.
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  • There are imaginal discs for each of the six legs, two wings, and the two halteres (balancing organs), and for the genital apparatus, eyes, antennae, and other adult head structures.
  • During flight, the halteres beat in precise anti-phase with the forewings, thereby activating several hundred specialized mechanosensory cells at the base of the structures.
  • The reduced remnants of the second pair of wings are known as halteres, and seem to function as stabilizers or as airspeed detectors.

Origin

mid 16th century (originally plural, denoting a pair of weights like dumbbells held in the hands to give impetus when jumping): from Greek haltēres (plural), from hallesthai 'to leap'.

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