gait

noun
\ ˈgāt How to pronounce gait (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gait (audio) \
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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The iPhone can now detect the kind of unsteady gait that might lead to a fall several weeks or even months prior and warn of higher risk. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2022 The names vary by region and by peoples, but the descriptions are similar enough: a biped with an ape-like gait, roughly the size of a large human, with lots and lots of fur. David Ferry, Outside Online, 5 July 2016 The monkey slug looks like some sort of faceless alien Muppet with a fun hairdo and a herky-jerky gait. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 21 July 2022 Emerging research in small groups of elderly subjects has also found that a slower gait from year to year may be an early sign of cognitive decline. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 31 May 2022 Other information about a person’s gait and voice could be combined using the microphone, accelerometer and gyroscope to authenticate them if required. Kate O'flaherty, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Police say Vicky has brown eyes and walks with a waddling gait. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 6 May 2022 Another story credits a 19th-century Charleston rice and peas vendor with an unsteady gait. Brandi Neuwirth, Bon Appétit, 30 June 2022 After Booker landed under the basket, his gait looked slow and imbalanced. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Strengthening your back and your core works to keep your spine supported, and that affects everything from standing posture to gait, balance, and even joint health. SELF, 25 Mar. 2022 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, 15 Feb. 2017 See More

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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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Last Updated

18 Aug 2022

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“Gait.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gait. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for gait

gait

noun
\ ˈgāt How to pronounce gait (audio) \

Kids Definition of gait

: a way of walking or running

gait

noun
\ ˈgāt How to pronounce gait (audio) \

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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