A device made of rope or leather straps that fits around the head or neck of an animal and is used to lead or secure the animal. A rope with a noose used for execution by hanging. Death or execution by hanging. A halter-top. To put a halter on. To control with or as if with a halter. To hang (someone). Either of the small, clublike balancing organs that are the rudimentary hind wings of flies and other dipterous insects. Also called balancer.