halt

Whether it's used as a noun or a verb, the word halt means stop. You can remember this by remembering that when you step on the brake to halt your car (verb), it comes to a halt (noun).

English draws on both Romance and Germanic languages, and halt is one that comes from the Old High German haltmachen, which means "to hold." The word suggests a stoppage in the midst of action, and a Chinese proverb states, “We are not so much concerned if you are slow as when you come to a halt.” Consider, also, that a less-used definition of the word is that of "lame" or disabled, which still ties in with the idea of stopping.

Primary Meanings of halt

1.
vn
cause to stop
an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement
2.
adj
disabled in the feet or legs
Full Definitions of halt
1

v cause to stop

Halt the engines”
halt the presses”
Synonyms:
arrest, hold
Type of:
stop
cause to stop

v stop from happening or developing

Halt the process”
Synonyms:
block, kibosh, stop
Types:
embargo
prevent commerce
stay
stop a judicial process
Type of:
forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent
keep from happening or arising; make impossible

v stop the flow of a liquid

Synonyms:
stanch, staunch, stem
Type of:
check
arrest the motion (of something) abruptly

v come to a halt, stop moving

Synonyms:
stop
Antonyms:
get going, go, start
begin or set in motion
Types:
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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, rein in
stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins
conk, stall
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

n an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement

“a halt in the arms race”
Synonyms:
freeze
Type of:
pause
temporary inactivity

n the state of inactivity following an interruption

“during the halt he got some lunch”
Synonyms:
arrest, check, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
Types:
countercheck
a check that restrains another check
logjam
any stoppage attributable to unusual activity
Type of:
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
the state of being inactive

n the event of something ending

Synonyms:
kibosh, stop
Types:
cessation, surcease
a stopping
stand, standstill, tie-up
an interruption of normal activity
legal separation, separation
(law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
Type of:
conclusion, ending, finish
event whose occurrence ends something
2

adj disabled in the feet or legs

Synonyms:
crippled, game, gimpy, halting, lame
unfit
not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition

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