American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To run or ride with a steady, easy gait.
- n. A steady, easy gait.
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.
- v. obsolete 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- obsolete of leap.
- v. Prov. Eng. To leap; to dance.
- v. U.S. To move with a leaping or bounding stride, as a horse.
- v. To run with an easy, bounding stride; -- of people.
- n. Prov. Eng. A leap; a long step.
- n. U.S. An easy gait, consisting of long running strides or leaps.
- n. a slow pace of running
- n. a smooth three-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop
- v. run easily
- 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)
- Middle English lopen, to leap, from Old Norse hlaupa. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The dancing was the usual hippity-hop or "lope" sideways, each holding hands with his or her neighbours.”
“This "lope" as it is called, seems to be a gait peculiarly adapted to the mustang, as they will break into, and keep it up the entire day; evincing no more distress than our ordinary horse does in trotting leisurely.”
“I will," said Roy, as he called to his pony, who started off on a steady "lope" that rapidly carried him over the ground.”
“This animal, if need be, will live on road-side croppings nearly as well as a mule, -- travel all day long on an easy "lope," never offering to stop till fatigue makes him fall, -- and, if you let him, will take you through _chaparrals_, and up and down precipices at whose bare suggestion an Eastern horse would break his legs.”
“Already the bay was beginning to feel the run, and Marianne reluctantly drew down to the long lope which is the favorite gait of the cowpony.”
“Presently he comes down to a long, graceful "lope," and shortly he mysteriously disappears.”
“The horse was much too big for me, and had plans of his own; but now and then, where the ground admitted to it, I tried his heavy "lope" with much amusement.”
“He said he had horses which would both "lope" and trot, that some ladies preferred the Mexican saddle, that I could ride alone in perfect safety; and after a route had been devised, I hired a horse for two days.”
“The result is the Thumpr line, and subsequent dyno tests have shown that engine performance with these grinds actually does improve across a broad RPM scale, yet at idle that classic "lope" is readily apparent.”
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