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.

Primary Meanings of halter

1.
nv
rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading
hang with a halter
2.
n
a top that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered
3.
n
either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight
Full Definitions of halter
1

n rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading

Synonyms:
hackamore
Type of:
headgear
stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head

n a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging

Synonyms:
hangman's halter, hangman's rope, hemp, hempen necktie
Type of:
rope
a strong line

v hang with a halter

Type of:
hang, string up
kill by hanging

v prevent the progress or free movement of

Synonyms:
cramp, hamper, strangle
Type of:
bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)
2

n a top that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered

Type of:
top
a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips
3

n either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight

Synonyms:
balancer, haltere
Type of:
wing
a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)

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