Definition of halt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    halt

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//hɔːlt//
     
    , also BrE//hɒlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɔːlt//
     
     
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  1. 1[singular] an act of stopping the movement or progress of somebody/something Work came to a halt when the machine broke down. The thought brought her to an abrupt halt. The car skidded to a halt. Strikes have led to a halt in production. They decided it was time to call a halt to the project (= stop it officially).
  2. 2[countable] (British English) a small train station in the country that has a platform but no buildings
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: originally in the phrase make halt, from German haltmachen, from halten ‘to hold’.Extra examples Scientists have decided to call a halt to the tests. The bus came to an abrupt halt outside the school. The car skidded to a halt just inches from the river. The economy seems to be grinding to a halt. The plan suddenly came to a screeching halt. The protesters are calling for a halt to the export of live animals. The strike brought the capital city to a grinding halt. They have ordered a halt to local elections. a halt in nuclear testing enough jobs to put a halt to emigration The thought brought her to an abrupt halt. They decided it was time to call a halt to the project.Idioms
    bring something to a grinding halt
     
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    to make something gradually go slower until it stops completely Roadworks brought traffic to a grinding halt.
    grind to a halt, come to a grinding halt
     
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    to go slower gradually and then stop completely Production ground to a halt during the strike. Her career ground to a halt when the twins were born.
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