kelter


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kelter \Kel"ter\, n. [Cf. Gael. & Ir. cealt clothes, Gael.
   cealltair spear, castle, cause, Prov. E. kilter tool,
   instrument. Cf. Kilt.]
   Regular order or proper condition. [Usually written kilter
   in th U. S.] [Colloq., chiefly British spelling]
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         If the organs of prayer be out of kelter or out of
         tune, how can we pray?                   --Barrow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

kilter \kil"ter\ (k[i^]l"t[~e]r), n. [Cf. Gael. & Ir. cealt
   clothes, Gael. cealltair spear, castle, cause, Prov. E.
   kilter tool, instrument. Cf. Kilt.]
   Regular order or proper condition. Same as kelter, but
   kilter is the more common spelling in the U. S. Used
   chiefly in the phrase out of kilter, meaning out of order or
   irregular in some manner. [Also spelled kelter.]
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