a manner of walking, stepping, or running.
any of the manners in which a horse moves, as a walk, trot, canter, gallop, or rack.
verb (used with object)
to teach a specified gait or gaits to (a horse).

1500–10; Scots, Middle English spelling variant of gate1 in various senses

1. gait, gate ; 2. gate, gait.

1. walk, step, stride, bearing, carriage. Unabridged
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gait (ɡeɪt)
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
3.  (tr) to teach (a horse) a particular gait
[C16: variant of gate1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, gate "a going or walking, departure, journey," earlier "way, road, path," from O.N. gata "way, road, path." Meaning "manner of walking" is from 1509. Modern spelling developed before 1750, originally in Scottish.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
Each description is accompanied by an illustration, a digital image and the
  animal's gait.
Homo erectus had a manly gait.
He walks with the aid of a stick, stands erect and moves along at a respectable
The gait selected by eight flagbearers is utterly meaningless.
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