gallop

[gal-uhp]
verb (used without object)
1.
to ride a horse at a gallop; ride at full speed: They galloped off to meet their friends.
2.
to run rapidly by leaps, as a horse; go at a gallop.
3.
to go fast, race, or hurry, as a person or time.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause (a horse or other animal) to gallop.
noun
5.
a fast gait of the horse or other quadruped in which, in the course of each stride, all four feet are off the ground at once.
6.
a run or ride at this gait.
7.
a rapid rate of going.
8.
a period of going rapidly.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English galopen (v.) < Old French galoper < Frankish *wala hlaupan to run well (see well1, leap) or, alternatively, verbal derivative of *walhlaup, equivalent to *wal battlefield (cognate with Old High German wal; see Valkyrie) + *hlaup run, course (derivative of the v.)

galloper, noun
outgallop, verb (used with object)


3. run, rush, dash, speed, fly, scoot.
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gallop (ˈɡæləp)
 
vb , -lops, -loping, -loped
1.  (intr) (of a horse or other quadruped) to run fast with a two-beat stride in which all four legs are off the ground at once
2.  to ride (a horse, etc) at a gallop
3.  (intr) to move, read, talk, etc, rapidly; hurry
 
n
4.  the fast two-beat gait of horses and other quadrupeds
5.  an instance of galloping
 
[C16: from Old French galoper, of uncertain origin]
 
'galloper
 
n

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gallop
1520s, from M.Fr. galoper, from O.Fr. galop (11c.), cognate of O.N.Fr. waloper, from Frank. *wala hlaupan "to run well" (see wallop). Related: Galloped; galloping.
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gallop gal·lop (gāl'əp)
n.
A triple cadence to the heart sounds at rates of 100 beats per minute or more due to an abnormal third or fourth heart sound being heard in addition to the first and second sounds. Also called cantering rhythm, gallop rhythm.

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Example sentences
Once the outcome was clear, he galloped quickly to where a packet ship was
  waiting.
For example, the market for credit derivatives galloped far ahead of its
  supporting infrastructure.
One galloped away immediately, but the other one lingered in the middle of the
  road, staring at us.
As it galloped along at a steady and rhythmic pace, the captain began to slip
  from the saddle.
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