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 That means factoring in the animal's size, weight, height, stance, and gait. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "Pet Prosthetics Get a Boost From 3D Printing," 21 Dec. 2020 Many reported hearing a loud sound and feeling pressure in their heads, and then experienced dizziness, unsteady gait and visual disturbances. NBC News, "'Havana Syndrome' likely caused by pulsed microwave energy, government study finds," 5 Dec. 2020 Wernicke’s encephalitis was named after a German physician, Carl Wernicke, who first described the wide gait, eye-muscle deficiencies and confusion that characterize this vitamin deficiency. New York Times, "Her Legs Would Barely Follow Her Brain. Then She Saw Double.," 3 Dec. 2020 Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru staffers worked with paleontologists to re-create the dinosaurs to ensure the creatures’ body language, gait and appearance were accurate. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Dinosaur tailgate party? 70 animatronic dinosaurs stampeding into BB&T Center parking lot," 27 Nov. 2020 In 2018, Maradona — whose gait had now turned to a shuffle and once crisp voice to a mumble — was hired to coach the Dorados, a professional team based in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, in the heart of drug country. Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times, "Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer legend, dies at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 With an owl-like face, pot belly and duck-waddling gait, the kākāpō is one of the most distinctive birds roaming the Earth. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Kākāpō victorious: World's fattest parrot wins New Zealand Bird of the Year 2020," 17 Nov. 2020 For a few quiet moments, my friend watched Merle and her old-cowboy gait. Sarah Miller, The New Yorker, "The Bridge Dog," 15 Nov. 2020 Marlinspike is punctual, affable, and unassuming; even his gait is mild. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Taking Back Our Privacy," 19 Oct. 2020 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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27 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gait.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gait. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for gait

gait

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How to pronounce gait (audio)

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

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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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