Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The gait of a horse or other four-footed animal, between a walk and a canter in speed, in which diagonal pairs of legs move forward together.
  • n. A ride on a horse at this pace.
  • n. A gait of a person, faster than a walk; a jog.
  • n. Sports A race for trotters.
  • n. See pony.
  • n. Informal Diarrhea. Used with the.
  • n. A toddler.
  • n. Archaic An old woman; a crone.
  • intransitive v. To go or move at a trot.
  • intransitive v. To proceed rapidly; hurry.
  • transitive v. To cause to move at a trot.
  • trot out Informal To bring out and show for inspection or admiration: "His novel trots out an Irish president named Finn” ( Charles E. Claffey).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gait of a four-legged animal between walk and canter, a diagonal gait (in which diagonally opposite pairs of legs move together).
  • n. A gait of a person faster than a walk.
  • n. A moderately rapid dance.
  • n. Short for Trotskyist.
  • n. A succession of heads thrown in a game of two-up.
  • n. A run of luck or fortune.
  • v. To walk rapidly.
  • v. To move at a gait between a walk and a canter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pace of a horse or other quadruped, more rapid than a walk, but of various degrees of swiftness, in which one fore foot and the hind foot of the opposite side are lifted at the same time.
  • n. Fig.: A jogging pace, as of a person hurrying.
  • n. One who trots; a child; a woman.
  • intransitive v. To proceed by a certain gait peculiar to quadrupeds; to ride or drive at a trot. See trot, n.
  • intransitive v. Fig.: To run; to jog; to hurry.
  • transitive v. To cause to move, as a horse or other animal, in the pace called a trot; to cause to run without galloping or cantering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go at a quick, steady pace; run; go.
  • Specifically, to go at the quick, steady pace known as a trot. See trot, n., 2, and trotter.
  • To cause to trot; ride at a trot.
  • To ride over or about at a trot.
  • To use a “pony” or some similar means in studying; “pony”: as, to trot a lesson. [College slang, U. S.]
  • n. Quick, steady movement; “go”: as, to keep one on the trot all day.
  • n. A gait faster than the walk and slower than the run.
  • n. A toddling child; in general, a child: a term of endearment.
  • n. A “pony”; a “crib.”
  • n. A trot-line.
  • n. A small line that sets off from the main trot-line, to The extreme end of which the hook is fastened. See trotline.
  • n. An old woman: a term of disparagement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. radicals who support Trotsky's theory that socialism must be established throughout the world by continuing revolution
  • v. ride at a trot
  • v. cause to trot
  • n. a slow pace of running
  • n. a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
  • v. run at a moderately swift pace
  • n. a gait faster than a walk; diagonally opposite legs strike the ground together

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from troter, to trot, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English trotten, from Old French trotter, troter ("to go, trot"), from Medieval Latin *trottāre, *trotāre ("to go"), from Frankish *trottōn (“to go, run”), from Proto-Germanic *trudōnan, *trudanan, *tradjanan (“to go, step, tread”), from Proto-Indo-European *dreu-, *derə-, *drā- (“to run, escape”). Cognate with Old High German trottōn ("to run"), Modern German trotten ("to trot, plod"), Gothic 𐍄𐍂𐌿𐌳𐌰𐌽 (trudan, "to tread"), Old Norse troða ("to walk, tread"), Old English tredan ("to step, tread"). More at tread. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Quoth he, “The swindling old trot is no mother of mine; she hath cheated me and taken my clothes and a thousand dinars.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The road smoked in the twilight with children driving home cattle from the fields; and a pair of mounted stride-legged women, hat and cap and all, dashed past me at a hammering trot from the canton where they had been to church and market.

    Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes

  • His heels touch Vola's flanks; the black snorts but picks up her feet into a quick trot, which is the most Creslin wants over the rough ground above the dunes, where a half-squad holds the high sand against twice as many Nordlans.

    The Towers of the Sunset

  • He has a fox trot, which is wonderfully easy, and which he apparently can keep up indefinitely, and like all Indian horses can "run like a deer."

    Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888

  • A lope is easier to ride, but the trot is the natural gait of a horse, and he can keep up

    Pluck on the Long Trail Boy Scouts in the Rockies

  • If the trot had been the rhythmic _one, two, three, four_, Pete could have ridden and rolled cigarettes without spilling a flake of tobacco; but the trot was a sort of _one, two -- almost three_, then, whump!

    The Ridin' Kid from Powder River

  • The trot, sir '' (striking his Bucephalus with his spurs), --- ` ` the trot is the true pace for a hackney; and, were we near a town, I should like to try that daisy-cutter of yours upon a piece of level road (barring canter) for a quart of claret at the next inn. ''

    Rob Roy

  • The upper part of his form, notwithstanding the season required no such defence, was shrouded in a large great-coat, belted over his under habiliments, and crested with a huge cowl of the same stale, which, when drawn over the head and hat, completely overshadowed both, and being buttoned beneath the chin, was called a trot-cozy.

    The Waverley

  • The lady who has practised leaning back (p. 158) will be able almost at once to adapt herself to the requirements of the canter; but as the trot is the subject of her study, the horse should be instantly pulled up.

    The Horsewoman A Practical Guide to Side-Saddle Riding, 2nd. Ed.

  • We must remember that the trot is the most difficult of all paces, and can be correctly acquired only after much patient practice; but it is worth doing well.

    The Horsewoman A Practical Guide to Side-Saddle Riding, 2nd. Ed.

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