The definition of a gait is the way that a human or animal walks or runs.
An example of a gait is a slow step or a jaunty trot.
- manner of moving on foot; way of walking or running
- any of the various foot movements of a horse, as a trot, pace, canter, or gallop
Origin of gaitMiddle English gate, a going, gait, origin, originally , path from Old Norse gata, path between hedges, street, akin to German gasse, lane
- to train (a horse) to a particular gait or gaits
- to lead (a dog) before the judges at a dog show so as to exhibit its gait, bearing, etc.
- A particular way or manner of moving on foot: a person who ran with a clumsy, hobbling gait.
- Any of the ways, such as a canter, trot, or walk, by which a horse can move by lifting the feet in different order or rhythm.
- Rate or manner of proceeding: The project went forward at a steady gait.
transitive verbgait·ed, gait·ing, gaits
To train (a horse) in a particular gait or gaits.
Origin of gaitMiddle English gate path, gait from Old Norse gata path ; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present gaits, present participle gaiting, simple past and past participle gaited)
- To teach a specific gait to a horse.