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halter (n.)

Old English hælfter "rope for leading a horse," from Proto-Germanic *halftra- "that by which something is held" (source also of Old Saxon haliftra "halter," Old High German halftra, Middle Dutch halfter), from suffixed form of PIE *kelp- "to hold, grasp" (see helve). Also "hangman's noose" (mid-15c.). In women's clothing sense, originally "strap attached to the top of a backless bodice and looped around the neck," 1935, later extended to the tops themselves.

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Definitions of halter from WordNet
1
halter (n.)
rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading;
Synonyms: hackamore
halter (n.)
a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging;
Synonyms: hangman's rope / hangman's halter / hemp / hempen necktie
halter (n.)
a woman's top that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered;
halter (n.)
either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight;
Synonyms: haltere / balancer
2
halter (v.)
hang with a halter;
halter (v.)
prevent the progress or free movement of;
Synonyms: hamper / cramp / strangle
From wordnet.princeton.edu