- 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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Examples from the Web for gait
The research on gait may also be used to make robots move in a more natural way.Japan's Robots Are Reading Your Emotions
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
August 6, 2014
They are the ultimate Vatican insiders, able to identify cardinals by their gait alone.Pope Fever Grips Rome
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 4, 2013
Bicycles don't break their legs, they don't need to be fed, and on a modern road, their gait is a lot smoother.Where are the Bicycles in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction?
January 28, 2013
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.
The amazing lift was gone from her gait, and she pounded heavily with the forelegs.
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
- 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 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.
- A particular way or manner of walking.