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galloping

[gal-uh-ping] /ˈgæl ə pɪŋ/
adjective
1.
at a gallop; running or moving quickly.
2.
progressing rapidly to some conclusion, as a disease:
galloping pneumonia.
3.
growing or spreading rapidly:
galloping inflation.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; gallop + -ing2
Related forms
ungalloping, adjective

gallop

[gal-uh p] /ˈgæl əp/
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.)
Related forms
galloper, noun
outgallop, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
3. run, rush, dash, speed, fly, scoot.
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Examples for galloping
  • On waking he heard the clacking of the hoofs of a horse galloping past his window.
  • Shepherds also used music to herd animals and imitate the galloping of horses.
  • In the waning moments of the semiprofessional derby, two jockeys come galloping down the homestretch, neck and neck.
  • Take an aerial tour of the island to see wild horses galloping down the beaches.
  • And it became clear that exuberant practice was galloping ahead of theory.
  • It helped that inflation was galloping when the older group was borrowing to buy homes, but slowed thereafter.
  • It was tempted out of its cosy domesticity only by the galloping market.
  • There are paintings of horses galloping through lush forests, and a still life of a violin and a saxophone.
  • If mankind is to be all one, it can't be shown galloping off in all directions.
  • Behind them was a little bare space, and then the bulls galloping, tossing their heads up and down.
British Dictionary definitions for galloping

galloping

/ˈɡæləpɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) progressing at or as if at a gallop galloping consumption

gallop

/ˈɡæləp/
verb -lops, -loping, -loped
1.
(intransitive) (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.
(intransitive) to move, read, talk, etc, rapidly; hurry
noun
4.
the fast two-beat gait of horses and other quadrupeds
5.
an instance of galloping
Derived Forms
galloper, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French galoper, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for galloping

gallop

v.

early 15c., from Middle French galoper (12c.), cognate of Old North French waloper, from Frankish *wala hlaupan "to run well" (see wallop). Related: Galloped; galloping.

n.

1520s, from gallop (v.).

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galloping in Medicine

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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Encyclopedia Article for galloping

gallop

accelerated canter in which the rider's weight is brought sharply forward as the horse reaches speeds up to 30 miles (50 km) an hour.

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