from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A movement in which a horse trots in place with high action of the legs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dressage movement in which a horse trots in a stationary position while using high lifting of the legs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of piaffing. Sometimes called Spanish walk.
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.