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

n a horse's manner of moving

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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
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
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

n a person's manner of walking

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hitch, hobble, limp
the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions
lurch, stagger, stumble
an unsteady uneven gait
walking with slow regular strides
walking with a swaying gait
a careless leisurely gait
a gait in which steps and hops alternate
angry walk, stalk
a stiff or threatening gait
prance, strut, swagger
a proud stiff pompous gait
walking with short steps and the weight tilting from one foot to the other
Type of:
walk, walking
the act of traveling by foot

n the rate of moving (especially walking or running)

quick time
a normal marching pace of 120 steps per minute
double time
a fast marching pace (180 steps/min) or slow jog
Type of:
a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit

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