halter

A halter is a device that's put on animals to restrain, lead, or train them. Another type of halter is a sleeveless top that ties around the neck.

Your dog might wear a halter that keeps her from pulling you down the street, and a farmer might put a halter on a cow before leading her into a milking stall. Another halter is a piece of clothing usually worn by a woman, a shirt that ties behind the neck and leaves the shoulders and arms bare. Originally, halter referred just to the tie that secures the top, but it came to mean the entire garment.

Definitions of halter
  1. noun
    rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading
    synonyms: hackamore
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    type of:
    headgear
    stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head
  2. noun
    a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging
  3. verb
    hang with a halter
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    type of:
    hang, string up
    kill by hanging
  4. verb
    prevent the progress or free movement of
    synonyms: cramp, hamper, strangle
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    type of:
    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
  5. noun
    a top that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered
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    type of:
    top
    a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips
  6. noun
    either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight
    synonyms: balancer, haltere
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    type of:
    wing
    a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
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