Definition of "gait" []

  • A particular way or manner of moving on foot: a person who ran with a clumsy, hobbling gait. (noun)
  • Any of the ways, such as a canter, trot, or walk, by which a horse can move by lifting the feet in different order or rhythm. (noun)
  • Rate or manner of proceeding: The project went forward at a steady gait. (noun)
  • To train (a horse) in a particular gait or gaits. (verb-transitive)
  • Manner of walking or running; bearing (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (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 (noun)
  • To teach (a horse) a particular gait (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "gait" in a sentence
  • "His gait is a little off; he's not exactly rock-solid in the hind end."
  • "Tim Hilden, PT, ATC, is a senior physical therapist and certified athletic trainer at BCSM, who specializes in gait analysis and orthotics, as well as orthopedic foot issues."
  • "His eyes are hollow, his face drawn, and his gait is like watching a man walk on eggs."