Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To go for a leisurely walk.
  • intransitive verb To travel from place to place seeking work or gain.
  • intransitive verb To walk along or through at a leisurely pace.
  • noun A leisurely walk.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To saunter from point to point on foot; walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble, especially for some particular purpose or aim.
  • To rove from place to place; go about deviously as chance or opportunity offers; roam; wander; tramp: used especially of persons who lead a roaming life in search of occupation or subsistence.
  • To turn in different directions; veer or glance about; rove, as the eyes.
  • Synonyms and Saunter, Wander, etc. See ramble, v.
  • noun A wandering along or about; a leisurely walk; a saunter.
  • noun A stroller.
  • noun A narrow strip of land.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A wandering on foot; an idle and leisurely walk; a ramble.
  • intransitive verb To wander on foot; to ramble idly or leisurely; to rove.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A wandering on foot; an idle and leisurely walk; a ramble.
  • verb To wander on foot; to ramble idly or leisurely; to rove.
  • verb To go somewhere with ease.

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

  • verb walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
  • noun a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)

Etymologies

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

[Probably German dialectal strollen, variant of strolchen, from Strolch, fortuneteller, vagabond, perhaps from Italian dialectal strolegh, from Italian astròlogo, astrologer, fortuneteller, from Latin astrologus, astronomer, astrologer, from Greek astrologos; see astrology.]

Examples

  • His Internet chat was held on the same day as online calls for Chinese to take to the streets for what is described as a stroll to protest soaring inflation and one-party rule.

    China Lowers Growth Forecast to Curb Inflation, Pollution

  • And here he found a man, evidently on a stroll from the summer hotel down at the little town a mile away.

    The Benefit of the Doubt

  • His Internet chat was held on the same day as online calls for Chinese to take to the streets for what is described as a stroll to protest soaring inflation and one-party rule.

    China Lowers Growth Forecast to Curb Inflation, Pollution

  • People living in the town can stroll from the movie theater to restaurants and then back home.

    The Next Slum?

  • People living in the town can stroll from the movie theater to restaurants and then back home.

    The Next Slum? « Isegoria

  • People living in the town can stroll from the movie theater to restaurants and then back home.

    The Next Slum?

  • There are now ample teachers and he agrees that to take the food away from tables so teachers can have pleasant morning stroll is farcical.

    Ironic Ducks

  • There are now ample teachers and he agrees that to take the food away from tables so teachers can have pleasant morning stroll is farcical.

    Archive 2007-02-25

  • There are now ample teachers and he agrees that to take the food away from tables so teachers can have pleasant morning stroll is farcical.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • A short stroll from the Montessori school and one street over from the big Victorian house with the pool where they give lessons to all the neighbourhood kids.

    Going Placidly Beyond The Noise And Haste | Her Bad Mother

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  • The Stroll was a popular line dance in the 1950s. It was first performed to "C. C. Rider" by Chuck Willis on American Bandstand. Link Wray's "Rumble" and "The Stroll" by The Diamonds were also popular tunes for doing the Stroll. All these songs are slow 12-bar blues.

    In the dance, two lines of dancers, men on one side and women on the other, face each other, moving in place to the music. Each paired couple then steps out and does a more elabarate dance up and down between the rows of dancers.

    Music: "Stroll" Diamonds, "C.C. Rider" Chuck Willis, "Walking to New Orleans" Fats Domino

    Type: Contra lines

    Level: Beginner

    Choreographer: Unknown

    Counts: Basic: 12, center walk: 6

    BPM: 120

    A hip update of the old Virginia Reel, the Stroll features dancers forming tight contra lines, creating a lane down the middle wide enough to allow two to stroll down the aisle. Popularized through exposure on the daily American Bandstand program in late 1957, the Stroll stands as one of the few nationally-popular line dances of the 50s and 60s, rivaled in prominence only by the earlier Bunny Hop and the subsequent Hully Gully.

    _Wikipedia

    See also the Slauson

    February 24, 2008