- 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.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 shortsMore example sentences
- 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[with object] Back to top
- 1Put a halter on (an animal).More example sentences
- 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).More example sentences
- The man was speedily placed on the cathead and haltered.
- They were suffered to have rope enough till they had haltered themselves.
Old English hælftre, of Germanic origin, meaning 'something to hold things by'; related to German Halfter, also to helve.
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.More example sentences
- 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.
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'.