dead halt

dead halt

[¦ded ′hȯlt]
(computer science)
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Greetings over, I stumbled out something about Emelia Ivanovitch and forty roubles, and then came to a dead halt, for his eyes told me that my errand had been futile.
Silver doubled his pace, digging away with the foot of his crutch like one possessed; and next moment he and I had come also to a dead halt.
At the enunciation of the aspirate, Fuddy-Duddy, the incapable terrapin, came to a dead halt, and before the vowel had died away up the ravine had folded up all his eight legs and lain down in the dusty road, regardless of the effect upon his derned skin.
After various exclamations of 'I've got it now' and 'no, I haven't,' and as many renewals of the walking and frowning, he at length made a dead halt, and spoke as follows:
The young gentleman, to my knowledge, is brought to a dead halt.
Perceiving that his design was anticipated, and unwilling to blow his horses by a race that would disqualify them for service, even after they had succeeded in outstripping the more heavily-burdened cattle of the Siouxes, Hard-Heart drew up, and came to a dead halt on the very margin of the water-course.
I cried, encouragingly, perceiving that he came to a dead halt.
Accepting the destruction of slavery, he had little interest in advancing the fortunes of the freedmen, bringing talk of widespread confiscation and redistribution of plantations to a dead halt.
We're really at a dead halt," the observatory's director Anthony Beasley told Science magazine.
This coupled with the final few fences being somewhat daunting to say the least brought a few horses to a dead halt, reversing at a gallop is not impossible
But the project came to a dead halt when he paid PS4000 for an engine, but was sent a dud worth only PS300.
He warned that owing to lack of spare parts, these engines were likely to break down and come to a dead halt at any moment.