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gallop

[gal-uh p]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause (a horse or other animal) to gallop.
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a run or ride at this gait.
  3. a rapid rate of going.
  4. a period of going rapidly.
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Origin of gallop

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 formsgal·lop·er, nounout·gal·lop, verb (used with object)

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3. run, rush, dash, speed, fly, scoot.
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Examples from the Web for gallop

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  • "Now, my beauty, they'll have to gallop," Porter was saying.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • Take them out at three-quarter gallop down the back stretch.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • Still there was no check in the Black's gallop; he was like a devil that could go on forever and ever.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • The force of his gallop carried the Black full over onto his back.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • He could gallop, else he had not won the race in which he beat The Dutchman.

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    W. A. Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for gallop

gallop

verb -lops, -loping or -loped
  1. (intr) (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. (intr) to move, read, talk, etc, rapidly; hurry
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noun
  1. the fast two-beat gait of horses and other quadrupeds
  2. an instance of galloping
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Derived Formsgalloper, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French galoper, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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n.

1520s, from gallop (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gallop in Medicine

gallop

(găləp)
n.
  1. 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.gallop rhythm
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