from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To run or ride with a steady, easy gait.
- n. A steady, easy gait.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To jump, leap.
- v. To travel an easy pace with long strides.
- n. A horse's easy gait, consisting of long running strides or leaps. A lope resembles a canter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- of leap.
- intransitive v. To leap; to dance.
- intransitive v. To move with a leaping or bounding stride, as a horse.
- intransitive v. To run with an easy, bounding stride; -- of people.
- n. A leap; a long step.
- n. An easy gait, consisting of long running strides or leaps.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To leap.
- To move or run with a long step, as a dog; canter leisurely with a rather long, easy stride, as a horse.
- To cause to lope in going or running.
- n. A leap.
- n. A striding movement; a run made with long steps; especially, a leisurely canter with a rather long, easy stride, as of a horse.
- n. A Middle English preterit and past participle of leap.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a slow pace of running
- n. a smooth three-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop
- v. run easily
Middle English lopen, to leap, from Old Norse hlaupa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of loup, from Old Norse hlaupa ("to leap, jump"). See leap. Cognate with German laufen ("walk, run"), Danish løbe, Dutch lopen ("walk, run"), Norwegian løpe ("run"). Compare leap. (Wiktionary)