Ambulatory Am"bu*la*to*ry, a. [L. ambulatorius.] 1. Of or pertaining to walking; having the faculty of walking; formed or fitted for walking; as, an ambulatory animal. [1913 Webster]

2. Accustomed to move from place to place; not stationary; movable; as, an ambulatory court, which exercises its jurisdiction in different places. [1913 Webster]

The priesthood . . . before was very ambulatory, and dispersed into all families. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

3. Pertaining to a walk. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The princess of whom his majesty had an ambulatory view in his travels. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) Not yet fixed legally, or settled past alteration; alterable; as, the dispositions of a will are ambulatory until the death of the testator. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • ambulatory — am·bu·la·to·ry / am byə lə ˌtōr ē/ adj [Latin ambulatorius, literally, movable, transferable, from ambulare to walk, move, be transferred]: capable of being altered a will is ambulatory until the testator s death Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of… …   Law dictionary

  • Ambulatory — • A cloister, gallery, or alley; a sheltered place, straight or circular, for exercise in walking; the aisle that makes the circuit of the apse of a church Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Ambulatory     Ambulatory …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • ambulatory — [am′byo͞o lə tôr΄ē, am′byələ tôr΄ē] adj. [L ambulatorius < ambulare: see AMBLE] 1. of or for walking 2. able to walk and not confined to bed [an ambulatory patient] 3. moving from one place to another; movable 4. Law that can be changed or… …   English World dictionary

  • ambulatory — adj ambulant, peripatetic, *itinerant, nomadic, vagrant ambulatory n *passage, passageway, aisle, gallery, cloister, arcade, hall, hallway …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Ambulatory — Am bu*la*to*ry, n.; pl. {Ambulatories}. [Cf. LL. ambulatorium.] (Arch.) A place to walk in, whether in the open air, as the gallery of a cloister, or within a building. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ambulatory — [adj] changing position; able to move under own power ambulant, itinerant, nomadic, perambulant, perambulatory, peripatetic, roving, vagabond, vagrant; concept 584 Ant. steady, stiff, unchanging  …   New thesaurus

  • ambulatory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to walking or able to walk. 2) movable; mobile. ► NOUN (pl. ambulatories) ▪ an aisle or cloister in a church or monastery …   English terms dictionary

  • ambulatory — ambulatorily, adv. /am byeuh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj., n., pl. ambulatories. adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or capable of walking: an ambulatory exploration of the countryside. 2. adapted for walking, as the limbs of many animals. 3. moving about …   Universalium

  • ambulatory — I. adjective Date: 1598 1. of, relating to, or adapted to walking; also occurring during a walk 2. moving from place to place ; itinerant 3. capable of being altered < a will is ambulatory until the testator s death > 4. a. able to walk about and …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ambulatory — Able to ambulate, to walk about, not bed ridden or hospitalized. * * * am·bu·la·to·ry am byə lə .tōr ē, .tȯr adj 1) of, relating to, or adapted to walking <ambulatory exercise> 2 a) able to walk about and not bedridden <an ambulatory… …   Medical dictionary

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