I. noun Etymology: Middle English gait, gate gate, way Date: 1509 1. a manner of walking or moving on foot 2. a sequence of foot movements (as a walk, trot, pace, or canter) by which a horse or a dog moves forward 3. a manner or rate of movement or progress <
the leisurely gait of summer
II. verb Date: circa 1900 transitive verb 1. to train (a horse or a dog) to use a particular gait or set of gaits 2. to lead (a show dog) before a judge to display carriage and movement intransitive verb to walk with a particular gait

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Gait — Gait, n. [See {Gate} a way.] 1. A going; a walk; a march; a way. [1913 Webster] Good gentleman, go your gait, and let poor folks pass. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving. [1913 Webster] T is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gait — [gāt] n. [ME gate, a going, gait, orig., path < ON gata, path between hedges, street, akin to Ger gasse, lane] 1. manner of moving on foot; way of walking or running 2. any of the various foot movements of a horse, as a trot, pace, canter, or… …   English World dictionary

  • gait — [geıt] n [singular] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: gate way (13 21 centuries), from Old Norse gata road ] the way someone walks ▪ a slow shuffling gait …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gait — [ geıt ] noun singular the way that someone walks: his distinctive rolling gait …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gait — gait·ed; gait; …   English syllables

  • gait — index step Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gait — (n.) c.1300, gate a going or walking, departure, journey, earlier way, road, path (c.1200), from a Scandinavian source (Cf. O.N. gata way, road, path ), cognate with O.H.G. gazza street, Ger. Gasse, Goth. gatwo. Meaning manner of walking is from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gait — [n] way an animal or person moves, walks amble, bearing, canter, carriage, clip, gallop, get along, lick, march, motion, movement, pace, run, speed, step, stride, tread, trot, walk; concept 149 …   New thesaurus

  • gait — ► NOUN 1) a person s manner of walking. 2) the paces of a horse or dog. ORIGIN Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

  • Gait — A gait is a particular way or manner of moving on foot, e.g., *human gait *horse gait *dog gait.The word may also refer to one of the following. *GAIT (wireless), a standard to enable cross operation of wireless telephone technologies. * GAIT… …   Wikipedia

  • gait — n. 1) a steady; unsteady gait 2) at a certain gait (at a steady gait) * * * [geɪt] unsteady gait a steady at a certain gait (at a steady gait) …   Combinatory dictionary

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