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
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.
Recent Examples of gait from the Web
Matt Strahm sauntered into the Royals clubhouse Sunday morning, his gait reduced to a mild limp.
One of the key elements that has only been credited (until now) with in a marginal role in RE and performance is DF - the ratio of time that a system is operating versus the total time for a complete cycle - like the running gait.
His hair now white, his gait unsteady, Billy Graham eased into a black sedan after the service to escort his wife’s body to Charlotte, where she’ll be buried today in a private service on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library.
Doctors can study the uploadable data to analyze an uneven or shuffling gait and fall risk.
Her strange gait and bad leg were not really the point.
The 66-year-old former Genesis star, who suffers from a gait abnormality after a back operation, tripped over a chair in the middle of the night.
To his father’s consternation, everything from Eddy’s manner of speaking, to his gait, to his tastes are effeminate in the eyes of the townspeople.
Rinehart uses the automated system to compare the gait of children who have autism with that of their typical peers.
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Examples of gait in a Sentence
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
GAIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gait for English Language Learners
: a particular way of walking
GAIT Defined for Kids
Definition of gait for Students
: a way of walking or running
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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