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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun halt:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb halt:


The word halt is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun halt

What does halt mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: halts

  1. the state of inactivity following an interruption
  2. the event of something ending
  3. an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement
    • example: a halt in the arms race
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of halt: freeze
    • more generic word: pause = temporary inactivity

Alternative definition of the noun halt


  1. A cessation, either temporary or permanent.
  2. usex, The contract negotiations put a 'halt' to operations.
  3. A minor railway station (usually unstaffed) in the United Kingdom.
  4. [dated] Lameness; a limp.

Specialised definition of the noun halt

Glossary of sports / equestrian

stopping (total halt) or collecting (half halt) of the horse or team of horses (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

stop; a command

Definition of the adjective halt

What does halt mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: halter |

  1. disabled in the feet or legs

Alternative definition of the adjective halt


  1. [archaic] Lame, limping.

Definition of the verb halt

What does halt mean as a doing word?

Halt is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: halted | halting | halts

  1. cause to stop
  2. come to a halt, stop moving
    • examples: They halt the animals | These cars won't halt
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of halt: stop
    • more specific terms:
      • go off = stop running, functioning, or operating
      • pull up short = stop abruptly
      • check = stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution
      • check = stop in a chase especially when scent is lost
      • check = abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey
      • rein in / rein = stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins
      • stall / conk = come to a stop
      • stall = experience a stall in flight, of airplanes
      • draw up / haul up / pull up = come to a halt after driving somewhere
      • brake = stop travelling by applying a brake
      • settle = come to rest
  3. stop from happening or developing
    • example: Halt the process
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]John ended the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] with [Instrument]I ended the party with a speech
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]He stopped going to the area
      [Theme] [Verb]The storm ended
      [Theme] [Verb] with [Instrument]The party ended with a bang

      Aspectual Verbs (with the same syntax): repeat, terminate.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of halt: block / kibosh / stop
    • more generic words: forbid / foreclose / forestall / preclude / prevent = keep from happening or arising
    • more specific words:
      • embargo = prevent commerce
      • stay = stop a judicial process
  4. stop the flow of a liquid
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of halt: stanch / staunch / stem
    • more generic word: check = arrest the motion (of something) abruptly

Alternative definition of the verb halt


  1. [intransitive] to stop either temporarily or permanently
  2. [transitive] to cause something to stop
  3. [intransitive] to waver or be hesitant
  4. To limp.
  5. To waver, falter.


  1. "Halt" a.k.a. "Halt?" is a composition.
  2. "Halt" is a musical album of Heinz Rudolf Kunze.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  3. "Halt" is a musical album of Psycliq.
    • released on

Phrases with Halt

  1. Halt Dein Maul
  2. to halt
  3. the halt
  4. Half-halt
  5. grind to a halt

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Halt

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Google previewBuilding Self Esteem (2013)

by Steve Becker

The word halt means to stop. The idea is that when you're experiencing any of those four things, STOP. Otherwise you'll find your ability to make rational choices is affected. The more strongly you're experiencing those four things the more it ...

Google previewDictionary of Painters and Engravers (1889)

Biographical and Critical by Michael Bryan

Halt of Travellers. „ „ Hawking. „ „ Horse-shoeing. London. Buckingham J Th(J Hay Wain Berlin. Brussels. Dresden. Museum. Museum. Gallery. Glasgow Dilmch Gall. Nat. Gallery. Munich. Paris. Gallery. Louvre.

Google previewBryan's dictionary of painters and engravers (1905)

by Michael Bryan, George Charles Williamson

A Halt, after Rain. London. Dulwich Gall. A Sandbank and Travellers. „ „ Seashore, with Figures. Paris. Louvre. View of the Gate and Tower of Nesle, Paris. WREN, Sir Christopher, was born at East Knoyle, Wilts, on October 20, 1632; died in ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana: Miscellaneous and lexicographical (1845)

by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

HALt. \--> HALYARDS. HAM. BURGH. \-/* H A M B HAMBURGH. HAMBURGH. to take round, to throw the arms round, the neck; and consequentially, “to salute, to salute with reverence.” Tyrwhitt. See ENHALse. Archdeacon, Nares, who ...

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Small photo of Giant Mountains / Czech Republic - July 05, 2015: Hotel Labska bouda is a favourite halt of tourists heading towards the spring of the river Elbe. It is situated in the first zone of the National parkSmall photo of Kayaks of water tourists during a halt in the camp. Dry reed and swampy terrain of Volyn in May. Spring in EuropeSmall photo of Kayaks of water tourists during a halt in the camp. Sunrise over morning swampy meadow surrounded by dry reed. Nature of Volyn in May. Spring in EuropeSmall photo of Kayaks of water tourists during a halt in the camp. Sunrise over morning swampy meadow surrounded by dry reed. Nature of Volyn in May. Spring in EuropeSmall photo of standing female bicyclist wearing helmet and backpack admires beautiful early autumn landscape in sunny morning during halt at sand beach, Riviere-Rouge, Corridor Aerobique, Quebec, CanadaSmall photo of Black female model on a dark background with stop or halt expressions. She is holding her palms up.Small photo of Ellmauer Halt at Wilder Kaiser mountains of Austria - close to Gruttenhuette, an alpine hut, Going, Tyrol, Austria - Hiking in the Alps of Europe More...

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Quotes about Halt

Funeral of the Mind
becomes must though should not
be in halt.

Funeral of the Heart
becomes must though should not
be in halt.

Funeral becomes a Must! (Roseville Nidea)
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Scrabble value of H4A1L1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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