from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A movement in which a horse trots in place with high action of the legs.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The act of piaffing. Sometimes called
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- noun A dressage movement in which a horse trots in a stationary position while using high lifting of the legs.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Marshal found that a tough resistance awaited him, although the allied commander-in-chief, Bernadotte, moved with the utmost caution, as if he were bent on justifying Napoleon's recent sneer that he would "only make a show" (_piaffer_).
The animal, being unable to advance, was lifting his legs up and down (doing the _piaffer_), and sighing and groaning in agony.