gallop

A gallop is a horse's fastest gait, a full-on run. A loud noise might cause a trotting horse to panic and break into a gallop.

Any four-legged animal can run at a gallop, although the word most often describes horses and ponies. To run this way is also to gallop: "I watched the horses gallop around the track." You can even use the word to emphasize a person's fast and heavy gait: "My little brother has to gallop around the house a few times before he'll go to bed."

Definitions of gallop
  1. noun
    a fast gait of a horse; a two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously
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    type of:
    gait
    a horse's manner of moving
  2. verb
    cause to move at full gallop
    “Did you gallop the horse just now?”
    synonyms: extend
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    type of:
    ride, sit
    sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions
  3. verb
    ride at a galloping pace
    “He was galloping down the road”
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    type of:
    ride horseback
    ride on horseback
  4. verb
    go at galloping speed
    “The horse was galloping along”
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    type of:
    pace
    go at a pace
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