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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, this model didn't factor in the energy cost of stabilizing one's gait. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 And that means their gait may have been slightly different. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The road to bipedalism wasn’t straight and narrow," 15 Aug. 2018 Changes in gait and movement may flag frailty issues. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Tech Test to Keep Seniors in Their Homes Longer," 25 July 2018 One of the most ancient brain circuits in evolutionary terms, it is involved in motor control, posture and gait and in the fluid execution of complex sequences of motor movements. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 The most compelling came from people who had little or no prior knowledge of the thylacine, and yet described, just as old-timers had, an awkward gait and a thick, stiff tail that seemed fused to the spine. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 The symptoms here might involve a tremor, a shuffling gait, a sense of being slowed, some rigidity, and limited emotional expression. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "11 Side Effects of Antipsychotics You Should Know About," 7 Dec. 2018 Blom has no real health issues — only a slower gait and some trouble hearing, according to BBC News. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "At age 114, this South African man thinks it’s time to quit smoking," 29 May 2018 For someone like me, who often has to scale back running due to back issues, the Zero Runner gives me the chance to maximize indoor training with a natural running gait without killing my body in the process. Lauren Levy, Slate Magazine, "The Best Home Gym Equipment," 1 Jan. 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 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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