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gait

[geyt]
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noun
  1. a manner of walking, stepping, or running.
  2. any of the manners in which a horse moves, as a walk, trot, canter, gallop, or rack.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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 confusedgait gate.

Synonyms

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1. walk, step, stride, bearing, carriage.
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British Dictionary definitions for gaiting

gait

noun
  1. manner of walking or running; bearing
  2. (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
verb
  1. (tr) to teach (a horse) a particular gait

Word Origin

C16: variant of gate 1
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Word Origin and History for gaiting

gait

n.

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.

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gaiting in Medicine

gait

(gāt)
n.
  1. A particular way or manner of walking.
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