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hal·ter 1

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.
2. Archaic
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.

[Latin haltēr, lead weights used in leaping exercises, from sing. of Greek haltēres, from hallesthai, to jump; see sel- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈhæltɪə) or


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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.haltere - either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insectshaltere - 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)
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
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A medium sized species, antennae, haltere and legs black, only "knees" yellowish, sensory bristles on body very reduced or absent.
44 will run down on page 56 to couplet 4, but its haltere knob being yellow not brown one proceeds to couplet 5.
Na sequencia foi realizado o exercicio de Rosca Direta Supinada, com haltere de 3 kg, estimado como 5,2% da media da massa corporal total da amostra, no braco nao dominante, em 5 series ate exaustao, com descanso de 90 segundos entre as series.
Lower calypter yellow with brownish cilia, haltere yellow.
General colouration: Scutum shiny brown, abdomen shiny yellow, with translucent tergites 1+2-4, tergite 5 brown, with grey pollinosity; fronto-orbital plate and parafacial brown, silver pollinose from certain angles; lunule reddish brown; antenna, arista and palpus dark brown; anterior spiracle brown; calypters whitish; haltere with yellow knob.
1] and wing margin further apart proximally than distally; alula well-developed, very large and partly overlapping with scutellum medially; haltere light brown.
Haltere stem yellow, knob black or blackish; calypteres more-or-less equally wide, hyaline, with margin of dorsal calypter partly blackened.
Haltere knob and distal half of stem dark; proximal half of stem pale yellow.