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[geyt] /geɪt/
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).
Origin of gait
1500-10; Scots, Middle English spelling variant of gate1 in various senses
Can be confused
gait, gate.
1. walk, step, stride, bearing, carriage. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He slouched slightly in his gait, like the heavy man accustomed to the saddle.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Dozier kept Gray Peter at a steady pace, never varying his gait.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The amazing lift was gone from her gait, and she pounded heavily with the forelegs.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • We couldn't ever git away from them at this gait, and I couldn't hold on forever.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • A person distinguishable from a civilian by his uniform and from a soldier by his gait.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Their gait was springier, their glance more forthright than heretofore.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • How light is his heart, how chearful his gait, and how gay his countenance!

    Imogen William Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for gait


manner of walking or running; bearing
(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
(transitive) to teach (a horse) a particular gait
Word Origin
C16: variant of gate1
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Word Origin and History for gait

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gait in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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