Definitions

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

  • n. A smooth gait, especially of a horse, that is slower than a gallop but faster than a trot.
  • intransitive v. To ride a horse at a canter.
  • intransitive v. To go or move at a canter.
  • transitive v. To cause (a horse) to go at a canter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gait of a horse between a trot and a gallop, consisting of three beats and a "suspension" phase, where there are no feet on the ground. Also describing this gait on other four legged animals.
  • n. A ride on a horse at such speed.
  • v. To move at such pace.
  • n. One who cants or whines; a beggar.
  • n. One who makes hypocritical pretensions to goodness; one who uses canting language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A moderate and easy gallop adapted to pleasure riding.
  • n. A rapid or easy passing over.
  • intransitive v. To move in a canter.
  • transitive v. To cause, as a horse, to go at a canter; to ride (a horse) at a canter.
  • n. One who cants or whines; a beggar.
  • n. One who makes hypocritical pretensions to goodness; one who uses canting language.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A moderate running pace of a horse; a moderate or easy gallop.
  • n. Figuratively, a brisk but easy movement of any kind; a running over or through; a run; a scamper.
  • To move in a canter: said of horses.
  • To ride a cantering horse.
  • To cause to canter.
  • n. One who cants or whines; a professional beggar or vagrant.
  • n. One who talks cant, in any sense of the word; especially, a canting preacher.
  • n. One who bids at an auction. See extract.
  • n. In a sawmill, a machine placed over the carriage and used to cant or roll over the log on the carriage in making the first cuts; a canting-machine.

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

  • v. ride at a cantering pace
  • v. ride at a canter
  • v. go at a canter, of horses
  • n. a smooth three-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop

Etymologies

Ultimately from phrases such as Canterbury gallop, after Canterbury , England, toward which pilgrims rode at an easy pace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Short for Canterbury pace, from the supposed easy pace of medieval pilgrims to Canterbury. (Wiktionary)
cant +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After the pupil has mastered the difficulties of the trot, she will appreciate the enjoyable motion of an easy canter, which is the lady's pace _par excellence_.

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

  • It has been remarked that an ugly seat at the canter is a sight that would spoil the finest landscape in the world, so a lady who desires to ride well should not be satisfied if she can merely stick on, like the lady in Fig. 101, but should try to ride correctly.

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

  • I am cabable of doing a lot of stuff, sport i play cricket, qualifications I got sales and management, bookkeeping, accounts, call canter, pastel,, help me to get a job in SA or out side the country

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  • Although the Jarakay members initially thought of voting out call canter agent Nikki Dacullo-who was deemed the "weakest link" and who has the least contribution-the tribe opted to send home John because of his failing health.

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  • He went off at a hand-gallop, and then pulled back into a long darting kind of canter, which Bilbah thought was quite the thing for a journey — anyhow, he never seemed to think of stopping it — went on mile after mile as if he was not going to pull up this side of sundown.

    Robbery Under Arms

  • With regard to the representation of other "gaits" of the horse than that of the rapid gallop -- such as canter, trot, amble, rack, and walk -- I have no doubt that instantaneous photography can (and in practice does) furnish the painter with perfectly correct and at the same time useful and satisfactory poses of the horse's limbs.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

  • He went off at a hand-gallop, and then pulled back into a long darting kind of canter, which Bilbah thought was quite the thing for a journey -- anyhow, he never seemed to think of stopping it -- went on mile after mile as if he was not going to pull up this side of sundown.

    Robbery under Arms; a story of life and adventure in the bush and in the Australian goldfields

  • Not only this but Pizza is an in-bound call canter, and maybe what they will do is have my T4’s done right for next year.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • Witnesses said that after the shooting, Dunn left the parking lot in a "canter," Triplett said, "raising the shotgun in victory," while "there were pieces of John Johnson strewn about that parking area."

    SacBee -- Latest News

  • There are two types of vehicles that go on the safari rides, the quiter and smaller jeep (which holds about 4 people) and the canter which is really loud and can hold up to 20 people.

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