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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The property has a private trailhead that points toward a bundle of different walking paths, from the Slim Shady Trail to the Bell Rock Pathway. Leilani Marie Labong, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2022 The plan’s purpose is to provide downtown amenities for Strongsville’s young families and older residents, connect those amenities with safe walking paths and keep residential property values high, Perciak told cleveland.com in January. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 The storybook garden leads to a back gate with direct access to the sand and walking paths through Carmel Meadows. Olivia Jakiel, PEOPLE.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Here are some of the most popular walking and biking tours throughout North America. Roger Sands, Forbes, 3 May 2022 City officials have been declaring the program a success despite community backlash prompting the removal of every other San Diego slow street — a segment of road where car traffic is partly banned to encourage biking and walking. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 The projects include bike and pedestrian lanes in Copperton and a path along Interstate 215 that could also be used for walking and biking in Holladay. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Apr. 2022 The types of movement included running, biking and walking, as well as activities like doing chores, painting or playing an instrument. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 For many people who rent or own homes in marginalized areas, walking or biking is the only transportation option, but infrastructure for those on foot or on two wheels, such as crosswalks, bike lanes, and even sidewalks, is often absent. Alison Van Houten, Outside Online, 5 Apr. 2022 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, 16 May 2020 These people are all within walking distance of one another in Rhinebeck. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Aug. 2019 See More

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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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“Walking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walking. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of walking

: able to walk : ambulatory


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