General English

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  • verb to stop or bring something to a stop


  • noun a computer instruction to stop a CPU carrying out any further instructions until restarted, or until the program is restarted, usually by external means, e.g. a reset button


  • A break resulting from a halt (1).


  • noun a temporary stop during a journey
  • verb to stop moving

Origin & History of “halt”

English has two words halt. By far the older, meaning ‘lame’ (OE), has virtually died out as a living part of English vocabulary except in the verbal derivative halting ‘stopping and starting uncertainly’. It came from a prehistoric Germanic *khaltaz, which also produced Swedish and Danish halt ‘Jame’. Halt ‘stop’ (17th c.), originally a noun, comes from German halt, which began life as the imperative form of the verb halten ‘hold, stop’ (a relative of English hold).