walking

noun
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

walking

adjective

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 City Council last year approved a new growth blueprint for the surrounding area, called the Midway District, which would transform it into dense housing, modern commercial projects, 30 acres of parks and a bay-to-bay walking and biking trail. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego selects new operator for aging sports arena," 19 Aug. 2019 The aim is to find walking and bicycling improvements on Main and Barre streets. USA TODAY, "Emoji house, Saharan dust, turtle crossing: News from around our 50 states," 8 Aug. 2019 The Lakewood park is also a fun place to go fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking or walking and running. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "9 spots that are perfect for your next Colorado lake day," 1 Aug. 2019 Hint: 24 minutes are spent on walking and only 4 on envelope-opening. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "The Oscar Favorite That Created an Existential Crisis in Hollywood," 22 Feb. 2019 Winvian Farm is bounded on three sides by 4,000+ acres of White Memorial Nature Preserve which is replete with walking and hiking trails. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 The other walking and stealth sequences are at least framed in compelling ways, rarely repeating the same locales and usually packed with quality dialogue and worthwhile character development. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man PS4 review: Does whatever a spider can—and then some," 4 Sep. 2018 These are 10-inch boots that weigh just under 4 pounds for a pair—a plus for hunters who do a lot of walking. Frank Sargeant, al, "How to find hunting boots that won’t let you down," 8 Sep. 2019 The other pieces, distributed throughout three locations covering about a mile and a half of walking, range from the whimsical to the bleak. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Apple Puts the AR in 'Art' (and in 'Transparent Sky-Being')," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The Cissells maximized their viewing area by strategically placing curved walking paths throughout their yard. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa couple wins Otay Water District contest," 22 July 2019 All of these were within close walking distance of Ratner’s, which was then the most famous Jewish dairy restaurant in Manhattan. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 These favorites are all within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar. Olivia Wells, Town & Country, "Secrets of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar," 14 Jan. 2013 Napa Live Music Crawl Live music in 35 venues, some indoors, some outdoors, all within walking distance of each other. SFChronicle.com, "Events listings," 28 June 2018 The next day was Labor Day, and no pharmacies were open within walking distance of my dad’s house. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 That changed dramatically over the last six months, first with the debut of two new local craft breweries in Napa, both within walking distance of the Fieldwork tasting room that opened in late 2016. Daniel Barnes, sacbee, "What’s new in Napa Valley? Some pretty good beer," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of walking

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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

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walking

noun

English Language Learners Definition of walking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the activity of walking for exercise

walking

adjective

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

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

walking

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

Medical Definition of walking

: able to walk : ambulatory

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