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gait

[geyt] /geɪt/
noun
1.
a manner of walking, stepping, or running.
2.
any of the manners in which a horse moves, as a walk, trot, canter, gallop, or rack.
verb (used with object)
3.
to teach a specified gait or gaits to (a horse).
Origin of gait
1500-1510
1500-10; Scots, Middle English spelling variant of gate1 in various senses
Can be confused
gait, gate.
Synonyms
1. walk, step, stride, bearing, carriage.
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  • Why that cherry-colored cloak, that white plume, that affected imitation of my gait?

    Marguerite de Valois Alexandre Dumas
  • Dozier kept Gray Peter at a steady pace, never varying his gait.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The Camel is called the ship of the desert because its gait is said to resemble the motion of a ship.

    This Giddy Globe Oliver Herford
  • A person distinguishable from a civilian by his uniform and from a soldier by his gait.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • He quickened his horse's gait, and looked smilingly down into Jessie's face.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • How light is his heart, how chearful his gait, and how gay his countenance!

    Imogen William Godwin
  • They darted off with the speed of a Grecian hippodrome, when they imitated the gait of almost every untrained quadruped.

British Dictionary definitions for gait

gait

/ɡeɪt/
noun
1.
manner of walking or running; bearing
2.
(used esp of horses and dogs) the pattern of footsteps at various speeds, as the walk, trot, canter, etc, each pattern being distinguished by a particular rhythm and footfall
verb
3.
(transitive) to teach (a horse) a particular gait
Word Origin
C16: variant of gate1
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Word Origin and History for gait
n.

c.1300, gate "a going or walking, departure, journey," earlier "way, road, path" (c.1200), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse gata "way, road, path"), cognate with Old High German gazza "street, German Gasse, Gothic gatwo. Meaning "manner of walking" is from mid-15c. Modern spelling developed before 1750, originally in Scottish. Related: Gaited.

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gait in Medicine

gait (gāt)
n.
A particular way or manner of walking.

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