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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)

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.

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."