gait

noun
\ˈgāt \

Definition of gait 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a manner of walking or moving on foot

2 : a sequence of foot movements (such as a walk, trot, pace, or canter) by which a horse or a dog moves forward

3 : a manner or rate of movement or progress the leisurely gait of summer

gait

verb
\ˈgāt \
gaited; gaiting; gaits

Definition of gait (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to train (a horse or a dog) to use a particular gait or set of gaits (see gait entry 1 sense 2)

2 : to lead (a show dog) before a judge to display carriage and movement

intransitive verb

: to walk with a particular gait (see gait entry 1 sense 1)

Examples of gait in a Sentence

Noun

They were orthopedic shoes built around molds of my feet, and they had a 2 1/4-inch lift.  … they had given me a more or less even gait for the first time in 10 years. — Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New York Times Magazine, 9 Dec. 1990 Interaction with the horse takes place on several levels. Physical communication is foremost. You learn its body language and it learns to respond to a body language you use to ask for changes in gait, direction, and body frame. — Maxine Kumin, In Deep, 1987 How many prose writers can you identify from their style? Not many have that singular emanation from the temperament or those combinations of words all of them characteristic for a certain gait, a certain tone, a certain idiosyncratic consecutiveness of thought and image. — Paul West, New York Times Book Review, 15 Dec. 1985 He walked with an odd gait, a kind of shuffle, pushing his feet along the floor without lifting them. — E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime, (1974) 1975 They walked on with the same light gait, so nearly of a height that keeping step came as naturally to them as breathing. — Edith Wharton, The Reef, 1912 He has an awkward gait.

Verb

Patricia Craige, who has guided Norwegian elkhounds to the final at Westminster eight times, gaited Ch. Vin-Melca's Bombardier to breed honors. — Walter R. Fletcher, New York Times, 13 Feb. 1991 As he watched the flashy dogs gaiting in the rings, he knew in his heart that he wanted to show dogs. Seeing the different breeds was thrilling. — Jacqueline Fraser, Dog Fancy, Sept. 1991

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Still with a hitch in his gait, Murray played more than 2½ hours before losing to Nick Kyrgios in three sets. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Two-time champion Andy Murray pulls out of Wimbledon," 1 July 2018 This is then analyzed by artificial intelligence that is trained to detect the difference between a tumbleweed, car, coyote, or human based on gait and other factors. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Palmer Luckey’s border control tech has already caught dozens of people," 11 June 2018 None of that is immediately noticeable in his gait. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "The story of a boy with cerebral palsy who threw out the first pitch at a Mizzou game | The Kansas City Star," 4 May 2018 Julian Borst flew down the home straight at the Husky Outdoor Track, auburn mane flopping in rhythm with his easy gait as the crowd cheered on this lanky athlete who was very clearly running away with the victory. Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times, "As a new Special Olympics USA Games men’s 5,000m champ is crowned, a rivalry blooms," 2 July 2018 Rounding the corner and heading into the home stretch of a 200-meter race, the Mt. Carmel High senior was in front of his running mates, gait like a thoroughbred, separating with ease. Zach Engberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mt. Carmel sprinter running in small crowd," 24 May 2018 Researchers have, for several years, used video cameras and computers to analyse people’s gaits, and are now quite good at it. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 Government contracts are fueling research and development into technologies that track faces, clothing and even a person’s gait. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 Katabi said doctors might use the technology to keep tabs on someone with Parkinson’s disease by watching for changes in gait that might indicate a looming problem. Kate Baggaley /, NBC News, "Smart technology sees through walls to track and identify people," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The training club helps handlers get their dogs comfortable with stacking (physically placed in their proper stance) and gaiting (lapping around the show ring to show judges their trot). Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara dog training club breeds connections between its members," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of gait

Noun

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1900, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for gait

Noun

originally spelling variant of gate entry 3

Verb

derivative of gait entry 1

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gait

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gait

: a particular way of walking

gait

noun
\ˈgāt \

Kids Definition of gait

: a way of walking or running

gait

noun
\ˈgāt \

Medical Definition of gait 

1 : a manner of walking or moving on foot

2 : a sequence of foot movements (as a walk, trot, pace, or canter) by which a horse or a dog moves forward

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