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

  • n. Variant of galop.

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  • n. gallop
  • n. A type of dance, also known as the galop
  • v. To gallop, as on horseback.
  • v. To perform the dance called gallopade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. I horsemanship, a sidelong or curveting kind of gallop.
  • n. A kind of dance; also, music to the dance; a galop.
  • intransitive v. To gallop, as on horseback.
  • intransitive v. To perform the dance called gallopade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the man├Ęge, a sidelong or curveting kind of gallop.
  • n. A sprightly kind of dance, or the music adapted to it. See galop.
  • To gallop; move about briskly; perform the dance called a gallopade.


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  • The skill with which he modulates from the comedic gallopade of the first act to the bitter eloquence of the final scene is beyond explaining: All I can do is admire the results.

    They, Too, Sing America

  • The Isaac Newton's steam-whistle had sent up the curtain; the overture had followed with strains Der-Frei-schutzy in the Adirondacks, pastoral in the valleys of Vermont and New Hampshire, funebral and andante in the fogs of Mollychunkamug; now it was to end in an allegretto gallopade, and the drama would open.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 59, September, 1862

  • It is notorious that many of the leases of new dwelling-houses contain a clause against dancing, lest the premises should suffer from a mazurka, tremble at a gallopade, or fall prostrate under the inflictions of "the parson's farewell," or "the wind that shakes the barley."

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 536, March 3, 1832

  • We like the notion of a charitable quadrille -- or a benevolent waltz; and it delights us to see a philanthropic design set on foot, through the medium of a gallopade.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, November 27, 1841

  • Of these, the best known, which I might mention, are the tarantella of the Neapolitans, the bolero and fandango of the Spaniards, the mazurka and cracovienna of Poland, the cosack of Russia, the redowa of Bohemia, the quadrille and cotillion of France, the waltz, polka and gallopade of Germany, the reel and sword dance of Scotland, the minuet and hornpipe of England, the jig of Ireland, and the last to capture America is the tango.

    The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen

  • So while he was credited with the intention of bringing out Stabat Mater waltzes -- by no means a difficult feat with Rossini's work -- and a Dead March gallopade, we must never forget that he was the first conductor to introduce symphonic music to the masses and the authentic pioneer of the movement which Sir Henry Wood has carried on at the Queen's Hall for the last twenty years and more.

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857

  • But how varied, how ingenious in incident, how full of funny gesture and dry discrimination, is this undergraduate epic; with such a gay gallopade of mortality and such decorative archaism of expression, and such a solicitude for words.

    Zuleika Dobson

  • De Marmont had vainly tried in this wild gallopade to distinguish his rival's face among this mass of foreigners.

    The Bronze Eagle A Story of the Hundred Days

  • Archipelago, they passed the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, stirring the two narrow passageways with the violence of their invisible gallopade and making a turn at the bowl of the Black Sea, swimming back, decimated but impetuous, to the depths of the Mediterranean.

    Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) A Novel

  • Then, after a moment, "Now, I kin," he added, as the wind brought to their ears the oft-told tale of the rabbit's gallopade in the pea-patch.

    In the Tennessee mountains,


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    June 28, 2008