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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
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  • Why that cherry-colored cloak, that white plume, that affected imitation of my gait?

    Marguerite de Valois Alexandre Dumas
  • He changed his gait and hurried to the eastern side of Valhalla.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • 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
  • He was confused in his gait, almost as if his lower limbs had been fettered, too.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • He quickened his horse's gait, and looked smilingly down into Jessie's face.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • There was already a look of slovenly age about his stooping bookworm's gait.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • 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


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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