from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To walk slowly or leisurely; stroll.
- intransitive v. To move along at an easy gait by using both legs on one side alternately with both on the other. Used of a horse.
- n. An unhurried or leisurely walk.
- n. An easy gait, especially that of a horse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An unhurried leisurely walk or stroll.
- n. An easy gait, especially that of a horse (as above).
- v. To stroll or walk slowly and leisurely.
- v. Of a horse: to move along by using both legs on one side, and then the other.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To go at the easy gait called an amble; -- applied to the horse or to its rider.
- intransitive v. To move somewhat like an ambling horse; to go easily or without hard shocks.
- n. A peculiar gait of a horse, in which both legs on the same side are moved at the same time, alternating with the legs on the other side.
- n. A movement like the amble of a horse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move with the peculiar pace of a horse when it first lifts the two legs on one side, and then the two on the other; hence, to move easily and gently, without hard shocks.
- To ride an ambling horse; ride at an easy pace.
- Figuratively, to move affectedly.
- n. A peculiar gait of a horse or like animal, in which both legs on one side are moved at the same time; hence, easy motion; gentle pace. Also called pace (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)
- v. walk leisurely
Middle English amblen, from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulāre, to walk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ambler ("walk as a horse does"), from Latin ambulo ("walk"). (Wiktionary)