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

  • n. A particular way or manner of moving on foot: a person who ran with a clumsy, hobbling gait.
  • n. Any of the ways, such as a canter, trot, or walk, by which a horse can move by lifting the feet in different order or rhythm.
  • n. Rate or manner of proceeding: The project went forward at a steady gait.
  • transitive v. To train (a horse) in a particular gait or gaits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving.
  • n. One of the different ways in which a horse can move, either naturally or as a result of training.
  • v. To teach a specific gait to a horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A going; a walk; a march; a way.
  • n. Manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as gate, 1.
  • n. Manner of walking or stepping; carriage of the body while walking: same as gate, 3.
  • n. Same as agistage.
  • n. A sheaf of grain tied up.
  • To set up (gaits of grain) to dry. See gait, 2.

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

  • n. a horse's manner of moving
  • n. the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
  • n. a person's manner of walking

Etymologies

Middle English gate, path, gait, from Old Norse gata, path; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
gate, from Old Norse gata (road). (Wiktionary)

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