ETYM Old Eng. halter, helter, helfter, AS. haelftre; akin to German halfter, Dutch halfter, halster, and also to Eng. helve. Related to Helve.
1. A woman's top that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered.
2. Either of the club-like rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight; SYN. haltere, balancer.
3. Rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading; SYN. hackamore.
The act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance.
ETYM French ręne, from (assumed) Late Lat. retina, from Latin retinere to hold back. Related to Retain.
(Homonym: rain, reign).
1. Any means of control.
2. One of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse.
ETYM Formerly tedder, Old Eng. tedir.
1. A long rope or chain by which an animal is fastened or restrained, so that it can range or feed only within certain limits.
2. Any restraint, literal or figurative.