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a strong strap or cord. Especially: a rope or strap, with or without a headstall, for leading or tying a horse. A rope for hanging malefactors; a noose. No man e'er felt the halter draw With good opinion of the law. (Trumbull)

Origin: oe. Halter, helter, helfter, as. Haelftre; akin to g. Halfter, D. Halfter, halster, and also to E. Helve. See Helve.

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