- a manner of walking, stepping, or running.
- any of the manners in which a horse moves, as a walk, trot, canter, gallop, or rack.
- to teach a specified gait or gaits to (a horse).
Origin of gait
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- 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
- (tr) to teach (a horse) a particular gait
Word Origin and History for gaiting
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.
- A particular way or manner of walking.