from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of competitive walking of the nineteenth century, often professional and funded by wagering, from which the modern sport of racewalking developed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act, art, or practice of a pedestrian; walking or running; traveling or racing on foot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or practice of walking; traveling or racing on foot; the art of a pedestrian or professional walker or runner.


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  • The result is broken or stretched contracts, sloppy novels hammered out in a rush, or a sort or imaginative pedestrianism born of over analysis.

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  • "The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking," Twain writes.

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