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

Wearing a white gown and a crown of flowers, the May Queen is a walking symbol. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "How Midsommar's May Queen Scene Connects To A Real Swedish Legend," 5 July 2019 Guernsey’s will have other Titanic items for sale, but the walking stick is clearly the most noteworthy item and the auction house has verified its authenticity, Ettinger said. Washington Post, "Titanic survivor’s light-up cane to be sold at auction," 4 July 2019 Some is also going to public transportation, biking and walking trails, and other projects. Don Thompson, The Mercury News, "Ammo purchase slows after new California background check law starts," 2 July 2019 Officers found the man nearby carrying a walking stick. oregonlive.com, "'Seinfeld’-style bottle deposit scam thwarted: Forest Grove Police Log," 1 July 2019 The Teva Mush II Flip Flops for Men have an EVA-foam sole, which makes for comfortable walking. Houston Chronicle, "Accessories to help you enjoy life under the sun," 27 June 2019 Sculpture Milwaukee Another walking option: Stroll Wisconsin Avenue from N. 5th Street to N. Prospect Avenue (about 1 mile) to see the more than 20 artworks part of Sculpture Milwaukee. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 things to do outside in Milwaukee on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year," 20 June 2019 The event included young and old, some walking and some on the run. Helen Williams, nola.com, "Timberlane commission stays busy to protect future of country club," 14 June 2019 If boats are very much not your thing, there are several gorgeous walking paths around the lake. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to a Perfect Vacation in Franciacorta—Italy's Secret Lake-Side Wine Region," 13 June 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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