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

But in some spots, there was little room to relocate a walking path, and those efforts had to be drawn in a bit. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s plan to abandon an Indian Mounds Regional Park trail pits neighbors against tribes," 18 July 2019 The approval covered most types of the disease, from the most severe and most common type 1 cases, which causes infants to die or be tethered to respirators and feeding tubes, to type 3, which impairs walking. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "High fives and sobs greet UnitedHealthcare’s reversal of denials for child gene therapy," 18 July 2019 According to West Mercia Police, a body was found in The Wrekin, a popular walking spot in the English Midlands, shortly before 5.30am on July 15. George Ramsay, CNN, "Craig Fallon, former world judo champion, dies aged 36," 17 July 2019 My walking partner, Houssain Mohamed Houssain, shook his head in wonder, in disgust. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 Children learn all kinds of things at camp, not just how to do a back dive or carve a walking stick. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al.com, "Camp is about summer fun, and life lessons," 17 July 2019 Page Turner Adventures, Friday, 10:30 a.m. (sold out), 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The performances combine comedy, magic, juggling, unicycling, stilt walking and larger-than-life props in a mad alchemy of storytelling and imagination. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "10 things to do with the kids this weekend: July 18-21," 16 July 2019 Lindeman said, adding that a walking/running track being built around the pool in an aquatic center would be a nice addition. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Residents Speak In Favor Of Aquatics Facility," 12 July 2019 That means Chernobyl will get new walking trails for visitors, improved cellphone service, new waterways, and information points throughout the area. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ukraine Is Making Chernobyl an Official Tourist Attraction," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Theirs is one of six houses and gardens on the tour, all within walking distance of downtown Chagrin Falls. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Cool Spaces: Chagrin Falls home/garden tour includes retired couple's renovated home: (photos)," 25 Apr. 2018 More than 60 businesses are situated on a couple main streets, all within walking distance of one another. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, "What to do in Mountain Brook's Crestline Village," 18 Apr. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW The creek project, now being rebranded as the San Pedro Creek Culture Park one month before its first segment opens, will include a walking path that’s similar in places to the River Walk. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Pedro Creek project rebranded as culture park ahead of Tricentennial opening," 5 Apr. 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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