HALT, (i) An adjective common to Teutonic languages and still appearing in Swedish and Danish, meaning lame, crippled. It is also used as a verb, meaning to limp, and as a substantive, especially in the term " string-halt " or " spring-halt," a nervous disorder affecting the muscles of the hind legs of horses. (2) A pause or stoppage made on a march or a journey. The word came into English in the form " to make alto " or " alt," and was taken from the French faire alte or Italian far alto. The origin is a German military term, Halt machen, Hall meaning " hold."
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)