Gait meaning

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A particular way or manner of moving on foot.

A person who ran with a clumsy, hobbling gait.

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Manner of moving on foot; way of walking or running.
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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.
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Rate or manner of proceeding.

The project went forward at a steady gait.

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(horses) One of the different ways in which a horse can move, either naturally or as a result of training.
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To train (a horse) in a particular gait or gaits.
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Any of the various foot movements of a horse, as a trot, pace, canter, or gallop.
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To train (a horse) to a particular gait or gaits.
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To lead (a dog) before the judges at a dog show so as to exhibit its gait, bearing, etc.
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Manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving.

Carrying a heavy suitcase, he walked with a lopsided gait.

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To teach a specific gait to a horse.
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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.

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Origin of gait

  • Middle English gate path, gait from Old Norse gata path ghē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • gate, from Old Norse gata (road).

    From Wiktionary