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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
(3d pers. sing. pres.) of Hold, contraction for holdeth.
noun Halt
A stop in marching or walking, or in any action; arrest of progress.

Etymology: Formerly alt, It. alto, G. halt, fr. halten to hold. See Hold

verb Halt
  1. To hold one's self from proceeding; to hold up; to cease progress; to stop for a longer or shorter period; to come to a stop; to stand still.
  2. To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; to hesitate; to be uncertain."How long halt ye between two opinions?" [1 Kings xviii. 21.]
verb Halt
To cause to cease marching; to stop; as, the general halted his troops for refreshment.
adjective Halt
Halting or stopping in walking; lame.

Etymology: AS. healt; akin to OS., Dan., & Sw. halt, Icel. haltr halltr, Goth. halts, OHG. halz

noun Halt
The act of limping; lameness.
verb Halt
  1. To walk lamely; to limp.
  2. To have an irregular rhythm; to be defective."The blank verse shall halt for it." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. halten, AS. healtian. See Halt (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement ("a halt in the arms race")
  2. The event of something ending
  3. The state of inactivity following an interruption ("during the halt he got some lunch")
  4. Stop the flow of a liquid
  5. Cause to stop ("Halt the engines" and "halt the presses")
  6. Come to a halt, stop moving
  7. Stop from happening or developing ("Halt the process")
  8. Disabled in the feet or legs

From Middle English halten, from Old English healtian (“to be lame, walk with a limp”), from Proto-Germanic *haltōną. English usage in the sense of 'make a halt' is from the noun. Cognate with North Frisian halte, Swedish halta.

From Old French halte, from Old High German halten (“to hold”). More at hold.

  1. A cessation, either temporary or permanent.
    The contract negotiations put a to operations.
  2. (rail transport) A minor railway station (usually unstaffed) in the United Kingdom.
    The itself never achieved much importance, even with workers coming to and from the adjacent works.

Old English healt (verb healtian), from Proto-Germanic *haltaz. Cognate with Danish halt, Swedish halt.

  1. (dated) Lameness; a limp.

    halt was also found in the following language(s): Alemannic German, Danish, German, Hungarian, Irish, and Old French

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Halt

    Charles I. Halt is a military person.


    Karl was born on June 2nd, 1891 in Munich. He breathed his last breath on August 5th, 1964.


    Al Halt was an athlete. Al was born on November 23rd, 1890 in Sandusky, Ohio. He passed away on January 22nd, 1973.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Halt U.S.
      White 91.53% 64.26%
      African American 4.58% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.14% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.06% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Halt are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Halt

    • How Popular is the name Halt? As a last name Halt was the 48,347th most popular name in 2010.
    • How unique is the name Halt? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Halt was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
    • Weird things about the name Halt: Your name in reverse order is Tlah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ahtl. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Halt? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 437 people with the last name Halt.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Halt? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Halt as their last name since less than 1 person in 667k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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