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1. A device made of rope or straps that fits around the head of an animal and is used to lead or secure the animal.
a. A rope with a noose used for execution by hanging.
b. Death or execution by hanging.
3. A garment having a front supported by a strap or straps running behind the neck, leaving the arms, shoulders, and back bare.
Of, relating to, or being a garment having a front that is supported by a strap or straps running behind the neck: a halter dress.
tr.v. hal·tered, hal·ter·ing, hal·ters
1. To put a halter on.
2. To control with or as if with a halter.
3. Archaic To hang (someone).
[Middle English, from Old English hælftre.]
hal·ter 2(hôl′tər, hăl′-) or hal·ter·e (hôl′tîr′ē, hăl′-)
n. pl. hal·ter·es (-tîr′ēz)
Either of the small, clublike balancing organs that are the rudimentary hind wings of flies. Also called balancer.
n, pl halteres (hælˈtɪəriːz)
(Zoology) one of a pair of short projections in dipterous insects that are modified hind wings, used for maintaining equilibrium during flight. Also called: balancer
[C18: from Greek haltēres (plural) hand-held weights used as balancers or to give impetus in leaping, from hallesthai to leap]
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|Noun||1.||haltere - either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight|
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)