halt adj : disabled in the feet or legs; "a crippled soldier"; "a game leg" [syn: crippled, halting, lame, game]
1 the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat" [syn: arrest, check, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage]
2 the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill" [syn: stop]
3 an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement; "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze" [syn: freeze]
2 come to a halt, stop moving; "the car stopped"; "She stopped in front of a store window" [syn: stop] [ant: start]
3 stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process" [syn: stop, block, kibosh]
- Rhymes: -ɔːlt
Etymology 1Middle High German halt (imperative of halten); Old High German haltan. (Eng. usg. ca. 1598 in one sense, the intransitive verb sense wasn't used until 1656)
to stop either temporarily or permanently
to cause something to stop
to waver or be hesitant
- German: anhalten, stoppen, stocken, zögern
- a cessation either
temporary or permanent
- The contract negotiations put a halt to operations.
- lameness; a limp.
- (used with a plural verb) lame people, esp. severely lamed ones
(usually preceded by the)
- the halt and the blind.
- a minor railway station (usually unstaffed) in the United
- The halt itself never achieved much importance, even with workers coming to and from the adjacent works.''
- German: Halt (1), Blockierung (1), Pause (1), Halteplatz (4), Haltestelle (4)
Usage notesMilitary squad leaders use halt as a command to stop troops that are moving in formation. Also used in command to persons about to enter a guarded area, or to stop a fleeing enemy or prisoner.
Etymology 2As used before the 12th century. From the Old English healt.
Verb formhalt (past of the verb hal)
Halt (from German: stop) can refer to:
- In computing, especially assembly language, a halt or stop command is a directive to cease the execution of a task. Some form of intervention is then required to start a process. In Unix halt is the command to shut down the computer. In x86 assembly language, HLT is an instruction that halts the CPU until the next external interrupt is fired. The halting problem in computability theory is the task to decide whether a given program finishes running or will run forever for a given finite input.
- In rail transport, a halt is a small station, usually unstaffed and with few facilities. In the United Kingdom most, if still in existence, have had the word halt removed from their title in recent years. Where the description is still used (verbally, if not actually on the station signs) it is usually a station served by public services but not available for use by the general public, being accessible only by persons travelling to/from an associated factory (e.g. IBM Halt), military base (e.g. Lympstone Commando) or railway yard.
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