gait

Some people have a very distinct gait, or manner of walking or running, which allows you to recognize them from far away.

Walking with two legs is a pretty straightforward task, so most of us (with the exception of runners) don’t think about our own gait very often. However, when four legs are involved, the definition of gait becomes more complex. In horseback riding, gait is used to refer to the particular sequence or pattern of footsteps that the horse is using. Well-known gaits include the trot, the gallop, and the canter.

Definitions of gait
  1. noun
    a horse's manner of moving
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    walk
    a slow gait of a horse in which two feet are always on the ground
    rack, single-foot
    a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
    jog trot
    an easy gait of a horse; midway between a walk and a trot
    trot
    a gait faster than a walk; diagonally opposite legs strike the ground together
    canter, lope
    a smooth three-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop
    gallop
    a fast gait of a horse; a two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously
    rising trot
    the rider rises from the saddle every second stride
    sitting trot
    the rider sits still in the saddle
    type of:
    locomotion, travel
    self-propelled movement
  2. noun
    a person's manner of walking
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    hitch, hobble, limp
    the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
    flounce
    the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions
    lurch, stagger, stumble
    an unsteady uneven gait
    pacing
    walking with slow regular strides
    roll
    walking with a swaying gait
    saunter
    a careless leisurely gait
    skip
    a gait in which steps and hops alternate
    angry walk, stalk
    a stiff or threatening gait
    prance, strut, swagger
    a proud stiff pompous gait
    waddle
    walking with short steps and the weight tilting from one foot to the other
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    walk, walking
    the act of traveling by foot
  3. noun
    the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
    synonyms: pace
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    quick time
    a normal marching pace of 120 steps per minute
    double time
    a fast marching pace (180 steps/min) or slow jog
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    rate
    a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit
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