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

Here's what happened tonight: Becca's walking in some random field looking fabulous. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 8 Recap: Hometowns Bring the Drama," 16 July 2018 The boys and their father, Patrick, live within walking distance from the Mirabella Pool. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "The city’s two public outdoor pools and South Boston ‘family-friendly’ beach open this weekend," 16 June 2018 The Redwood Nature Trail in Brookings and the nearby Oregon Redwoods Trail along Peavine Ridge offer easy walking along short loops. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Happy Earth Day! Five redwood parks you've never heard of — and why you should go," 20 Apr. 2018 The model shared a snap from backstage on Instagram after the show: Spencer wasn't the only royal relative walking in the Dolce & Gabbana show. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Niece Just Walked the Dolce & Gabbana Runway," 26 Feb. 2018 Welfare check, SOM Center Road: After a caller reported a man dressed in black walking past the police station late on Feb. 17 and disrupting the flow of traffic, he was given a courtesy ride to The Drake in Mayfield Heights. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Safe uncracked; still looking for jade ring: Moreland Hills police blotter," 23 Feb. 2018 Some zones will include digital tricks, such as a school of fish that seem to scurry out of the way of a human walking over a moving image of a stream. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$30M record gift will jumpstart a new Children's Zoo, opening in 2021," 12 Jan. 2018 One unit of a two-family home, the apartment boasts 4 bedrooms and 5 beds, and is located within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the city's Stockdale District. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 Many of the latter are within walking distance of the Corte Gondina—a bonus after a long day driving those switchback roads. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Why Wine Lovers Flock to a Foggy Corner of Italy," 29 Nov. 2018

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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