kilter

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kil·ter

 (kĭl′tər)
n.
Good condition; proper form: "policy 'adjustments' designed to bring the ... country's economy back into kilter with the Western economic system" (Edward Zuckerman).

[Origin unknown.]

kilter

(ˈkɪltə) or

kelter

n
working order or alignment (esp in the phrases off kilter, out of kilter)
[C17: origin unknown]

kil•ter

(ˈkɪl tər)

n.
good condition; order: The engine was out of kilter.
[1650–60, Amer.; variant of dial. kelter, of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kilter - in working order; "out of kilter"; "in good kilter"
orderliness, order - a condition of regular or proper arrangement; "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"

kilter

noun
out of kilter incompatible, conflicting, contrary, at odds, contradictory, inconsistent, in conflict, incongruous, discordant, incoherent, out of step, irreconcilable, at variance, discrepant, inconstant Her lifestyle was out of kilter with her politics.

kilter

noun
A state of sound readiness:
Translations

kilter

[ˈkɪltəʳ] N to be out of kilter [mechanism] → estar descentrado
business is bad and everything's out of kilterel negocio va mal y todo anda desbaratado

kilter

[ˈkɪltər] n
out of kilter → détraqué(e)
to throw sth out of kilter → détraquer qch

kilter

[ˈkɪltəʳ] n (fam) out of kilterfuori fase
References in classic literature ?
Aunt Atossa did not like being "caught in a kilter," so she went out of her way to be disagreeable.