Halt

Definition of Halt

Pronunciation: hạlt
3d pers. s1.3d pers. sing. pres. of Hold, contraction for holdeth.
n.1.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.
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Halted; p. pr. & vb. n. Halting.]
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.
v. t.1.(Mil.) To cause to cease marching; to stop; as, the general halted his troops for refreshment.
a.1.Halting or stopping in walking; lame.
Bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
- Luke xiv. 21.
n.1.The act of limping; lameness.
v. i.1.
1.To walk lamely; to limp.
2.To have an irregular rhythm; to be defective.
The blank verse shall halt for it.
- Shak.

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