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Gait is sometimes a misspelling of gate.

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Definition of the noun gait

What does gait mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: gaits

  1. the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of gait: pace
    • more generic word: rate = a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit
    • more specific terms:
      • quick time = a normal marching pace of 120 steps per minute
      • double time = a fast marching pace (180 steps/min) or slow jog
  2. a horse's manner of moving
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: locomotion / travel = self-propelled movement
    • more specific terms:
      • walk = a slow gait of a horse in which two feet are always on the ground
      • single-foot / rack = a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
      • jog trot = an easy gait of a horse
      • trot = a gait faster than a walk
      • canter / lope = a smooth three-beat gait
      • gallop = a fast gait of a horse
  3. a person's manner of walking
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: walk / walking = the act of traveling by foot
    • more specific terms:
      • hobble / hitch / limp = the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
      • flounce = the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions
      • stagger / stumble / lurch = 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
      • swagger / prance / strut = a proud stiff pompous gait
      • waddle = walking with short steps and the weight tilting from one foot to the other

Alternative definition of the noun gait


  1. Manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving.
  2. [context: horses] One of the different ways in which a horse can move, either naturally or as a result of training.

Specialised definition of the noun gait

Glossary of sports

sequence of body movements in which the body is first supported by one limb (or one set of limbs) on the ground and then by other (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

a way of walking (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

the movement of the horse. Three natural basic gaits of the horse are differentiated: walk, trot, and gallop. They are differentiated further by qualification as collected walk, ordinary walk, extended walk, trot, and gallop and according to the length of steps. In the walk the horse lifts its legs on the same side but one after the other and puts them down again. In the trot the diagonal pairs of legs touch the ground simultaneously which makes this gait a swinging movement. In the gallop the momentum comes - as in the trot - from the horse's hind legs. The gallop is a sequence of jumps. Furthermore, all three gaits can be characterized with the additional label "collected", if the walking, trotting, or galloping sequences are performed with lowered hind legs, i.e. from a position where the horse's center of gravity is moved backwards and with small steps; the latter form creates the impression of grandeur. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

the manner in which a horse moves, based on the rhythm and sequence of its leg movements (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the manner in which a horse goes, based on the sequence and rhythm of its foot movements

Definition of the verb gait

What does gait mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: gaited | gaiting | gaits

  1. To teach a specific 'gait' to a horse.


  1. Gait is the pattern of movement of the limbs of animals, including humans, during locomotion over a solid substrate. Most animals use a variety of gaits, selecting gait based on speed, terrain, the need to maneuver, and energetic efficiency. Different animal species may use different gaits due to differences in anatomy that prevent use of certain gaits, or simply due to evolved innate preferences as a result of habitat differences. While various gaits are given specific names, the complexity of biological systems and interacting with the environment make these distinctions 'fuzzy' at best. Gaits are typically classified according to footfall patterns, but recent studies often prefer definitions based on mechanics. The term typically does not refer to limb-based propulsion through fluid mediums such as water or air, but rather to propulsion across a solid substrate by generating reactive forces against it.
    • also known as Leaping gait
  2. Gait: Human gait refers to locomotion achieved through the movement of human limbs. Human gait is defined as bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of the human body, in which there are alternate sinuous movements of different segments of the body with least expenditure of energy. Different gait patterns are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, kinetic and potential energy cycles, and changes in the contact with the surface. Human gaits are the various ways in which a human can move, either naturally or as a result of specialized training.
  3. GAIT is a wireless standard developed in 1999 that allows cross-operation of mobile telephone technologies. Phones compliant with the GAIT standard can operate on either contemporary GSM networks, or the legacy IS-136 TDMA and AMPS networks found extensively throughout North America.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Gait

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Google previewThe Handbook of Sport Neuropsychology (2010)

by Frank Webbe

Dynamic stability during gait refers to the ability to withstand external forces and maintain an upright posture without falling...

have reported that CoM motion during walking gait is a sensitive measure of dynamic stability following concussion.

Google previewTypes of Mental Defectives (1920)

by Martin W. Barr, Earle Francis Maloney

The gait is the uncertain and tottering step of infancy, or, not infrequently, the limbs are partially or wholly paralyzed and the extremities cold and livid, owing to poor...

The gait is an unsteady shuffle, with dragging footstep and body bending ...

Google previewClinical Examination in Orthopedics (2011)

by K. Mohan Iyer

Human gait is a biped gait, whereas animal gait is quadruped.1 In quadrupeds, the hind limbs are used for propulsion and the fore limbs are meant for restriction. The extension of the hind limbs imparts momentum, and the fore limbs restrict ...

Google previewThe Art and Science of Livestock Evaluation (2009)

by Ray V Herren

A slow gait is an artificial gait performed by the American Saddlebred. It is a slow, broken pace that is four beats where the hind leg on...

Google previewBiometrics (1999)

Personal Identification in Networked Society by Anil Jain, Ruud Bolle, Sharath Pankanti

uk Abstract Gait is an emergent biometric aimed essentially to recognise people by the way they walk. Gait 's advantages are that it requires no contact, like automatic face recognition, and that it is less likely to be obscured than other ...

Google previewHarper's Family Library (1831)

Gait is a line writer, and was personally acquainted with Byron. It seems to us, that the excellence and interest of the Family Library increase with every number. It is a great work, and deserves universal popularity."—Bo.rton Statesman.

Google previewFundamental Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapist Assistant - E-Book (2014)

by Gary A. Shankman, Robert C. Manske

Just as normal gait is a complex interaction of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems, adaptations or compensations in response to pain or limitations in either system are frequently equally complex. Indeed, there may be many ways for ...

Google previewAnimal Tracks (2012)

A Falcon Field Guide by Todd Telander

The gait is a walk, and the track is similar to the brown pelican. Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias Family Ardeidae (Herons, egrets) size: 69.

Google previewNeurology for General Practitioners (2011)

by Roy Beran

Festinating gait is a further expression of the fear ...

Google previewNeurological Assessment (2011)

A Clinician's Guide by Karen Jones

Gait is a highly energy efficient method of locomotion necessary for most daily activities. It involves rhythmical, reciprocal movements of the lower limbs and in terms of biomechanics reflects a destabilizing phase followed by a stabilizing phase ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biometrics (2009)

I - Z. by Stan Z. Li

On automated model-based extraction and analysis of gait. In: Proceedings of Sixth International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, pp. 11–16 Seoul, South Korea, (2004) 8. Wang, L., Tan, T., ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of K9 Terminology (2013)

by Edward M. Gilbert, Jr, Patricia H. Gilbert

Atwotime diagonal symmetrical gait in which the time interval that the diagonal legs move is in almost exact cadence. Inthe trot, the right front and the left rear ( right diagonals) move in cadence and set down at the same time. A half stride later, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of International Sports Studies: F-O (2006)

by Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton, Christer Rolf

GAIT ANALYSIS to general analysis of technique in different sports. In the clinical domain, gait analysis is most commonly used in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy. Three-dimensional gait analysis, which can also be coupled with ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health (2011)

by James M. Rippe, MD

Poor balance and reduced gait speed together account for a major reduction in the quality of life of older adults and are predispositions for many chronic health problems. Such limitations can negatively affect quality of life, lead to a decline in ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Elsevier, Mosby

gait (ga ̄t), n a manner of walking; ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Medical Diagnosis (1907)

A Treatise on the Signs and Symptoms Observed in Diseased Conditions, for the Use of Medical Practitioners and Students by Henry Lawrence McKisack

a one-sided descending degeneration, with a corresponding onesided spastic gait. 2. The Ataxic Gait. — Several varieties of gaits due to defective muscular co- ordination may be distinguished ; of these one is so typically ataxic in character ...

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The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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