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gait

noun \ ˈgāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of gait

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

Examples of gait in a Sentence

  1. 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 Magazine9 Dec. 1990
  2. 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 KuminIn Deep1987
  3. 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 WestNew York Times Book Review15 Dec. 1985
  4. He walked with an odd gait, a kind of shuffle, pushing his feet along the floor without lifting them. —E. L. DoctorowRagtime(1974) 1975
  5. They walked on with the same light gait, so nearly of a height that keeping step came as naturally to them as breathing. —Edith WhartonThe Reef1912
  6. He has an awkward gait.

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Origin and Etymology of gait

originally spelling variant of 3gate

Other Equestrian Terms


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gait

verb \ ˈgāt \

Definition of gait

transitive verb
1 : to train (a horse or a dog) to use a particular gait or set of gaits (see 1gait 2)
2 : to lead (a show dog) before a judge to display carriage and movement
intransitive verb
: to walk with a particular gait (see 1gait 1)

Examples of gait in a Sentence

  1. 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. FletcherNew York Times13 Feb. 1991
  2. 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 FraserDog FancySept. 1991

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Origin and Etymology of gait

derivative of 1gait


GAIT Defined for English Language Learners

gait

noun

Definition of gait for English Language Learners

  • : a particular way of walking


GAIT Defined for Kids

gait

noun \ ˈgāt \

Definition of gait for Students

: a way of walking or running

Medical Dictionary

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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