walk·​ing | \ ˈwȯ-kiŋ How to pronounce walking (audio) \

Definition of walking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of one that walks
2 : the condition of a surface for one going on foot the walking is slippery



Definition of walking (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : able to walk : ambulatory the walking wounded
b : being the personification of a nonhuman quality or thing a walking encyclopedia
2a : used for or in walking walking shoes
b : characterized by or consisting of the action of walking a walking tour
3 : that moves or appears to move in a manner suggestive of walking especially : that swings or rocks back and forth walking beam
4 : guided or operated by a person on foot a walking plow

Examples of walking in a Sentence

Noun She goes walking every day in the park. Adjective a good pair of walking shoes They were going at a walking pace. She is a walking disaster.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The statement said Greene and her guests felt unsafe walking, and police offered an escort. Washington Post, "Charges from Saturday’s pro-Trump protests and counterprotests include gun charges, inciting riots, destruction of property," 17 Nov. 2020 Neighbor Helen Turner, 81, is amazed at the odd walking buddies. Celeste Turner | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "A Metairie man, his trusty hound and 3 African guinea hens make an odd but happy family," 5 Nov. 2020 This might be a good time to join a walking group or otherwise get in shape in a social setting. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 5, 2020: Happy birthday Sam Rockwell; Pisces, don’t listen to complainers," 5 Nov. 2020 But because of the pandemic, the seasonal fairs, festivals, and public walking displays of Day of the Dead ofrendas have been pared back significantly or gone entirely virtual this year to keep people safe. Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 has made this the saddest Day of the Dead in Los Angeles," 1 Nov. 2020 The Fieldhouse will only be open to residents of Independence for use of the pickleball courts and individual walking. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Independence Reopens Fieldhouse and Extends Civic Center Hours," 31 Oct. 2020 Magnus said the city council has budgeted $150,000 in the 2021 budget that was approved Oct. 20 to develop the 525 parcel into a useable walking park. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than $500,000 has been raised so far to turn a piece of Oconomowoc property into a park instead of condos," 26 Oct. 2020 Mill Pond Park offers a great walking path around beautiful Mill Pond, as well as the Saputo outdoor exercise equipment area. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 15 Oct. 2020 Recently, while giving a walking tour, historian Tom McGehee stopped by the family plot of one of the first citizens to be buried in Magnolia Cemetery: Judge Henry Hitchcock, one of Alabama’s first millionaires, who died of yellow fever in 1837. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Mobile’s Magnolia Cemetery is a ‘magical landscape’," 27 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The property is also within short walking distance of some recognizable hot spots: the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. Adam Lapetina, Travel + Leisure, "10 Affordable and Stylish Hotels in Los Angeles," 16 May 2020 These people are all within walking distance of one another in Rhinebeck. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Same Apple Family, New Kind of Theater," 30 Apr. 2020 On smoother surfaces like stones and leaves, the ants traveled at about 15 inches per second — about 80 times faster than their average walking speed. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "These Ants Have a Revolutionary Escape Strategy," 13 Mar. 2020 The ranking cites Montrose's offbeat award-winning restaurants and bars that offer a look into different world cultures all within walking distance of the neighborhood as the main reason for its No. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Montrose Boulevard ranked among 'World's Most Delicious Streets' with the best restaurants," 4 Dec. 2019 An adjoining shopping center followed in 2018, with a Publix and shops and restaurants, including Cooper’s Hawk Winery and BurgerFi, all within walking distance of the new townhouses and apartments. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Thousands of new homes are helping change the face of Pembroke Pines," 17 Oct. 2019 Germantown resident Jan Miller agreed that the village should be a real friendly walking place with shops, restaurants and a great sidewalk in five years. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how the proposed Gehl Foods expansion in Germantown could shape the village," 2 Oct. 2019 The hospital workers, patients and visitors also will benefit from nearby housing, food and other amenities that will include a walking path, outdoor events and perhaps a farmer’s market. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Big retail, office development begins adjacent to new University of Maryland hospital in Prince George’s," 14 Aug. 2019 And three of the homes, all within walking distance of each other on Fairwood Avenue, will be featured in a Preservation Action Council tour on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Eichler neighborhood in San Jose added to historic register," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of walking


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of walking was in the 14th century

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19 Nov 2020

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“Walking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walking. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of walking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the activity of walking for exercise



English Language Learners Definition of walking (Entry 2 of 2)

: suitable for walking
: capable of being easily walked
humorous : in human form


walk·​ing | \ ˈwȯ-kiŋ How to pronounce walking (audio) \

Medical Definition of walking

: able to walk : ambulatory

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