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 cathedral design caught her attention because of Lauren Artress' international movement to use labyrinths as a spiritual walking meditation, Schuette said. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Aug. 2022 Specifically, the investigation determined that the employer failed in multiple areas, including training workers on the physical and health hazards of anhydrous ammonia and ensuring exit signs and walking areas were safe and illuminated. Rosana Hughes, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022 Leading the group was Sarah Iannarone, executive director of The Street Trust, a non-profit organization that promotes bicycling, walking and pedestrian safety issues across Oregon. oregonlive, 31 July 2022 In the context of the former, the powered mobility aid serves simply as an energy-conserving device, as the occupant may lack sufficient strength and stability in their legs to take on the longer distances and obstacles involved in outdoor walking. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Strength training and walking or other aerobic exercise are required for 30 minutes a day or an hour three times a week. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 30 July 2022 As someone who takes pleasure and meaning in walking, the redevelopment has come to manifest as an obstacle, physical and durable, against the free movement of people. Anandi Mishra, The Atlantic, 30 July 2022 They are constructed with the brand's signature foam footbed for comfy walking. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 According to the court documents, Heekin had progressive supranuclear palsy, which the Mayo Clinic describes as an uncommon brain disorder that causes serious problems with walking, balance and eye movements, and later, with swallowing. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 29 July 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 15 Aug. 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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