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

  • intransitive v. To move over a surface by taking steps with the feet at a pace slower than a run: a baby learning to walk; a horse walking around a riding ring.
  • intransitive v. To go or travel on foot: walked to the store.
  • intransitive v. To go on foot for pleasure or exercise; stroll: walked along the beach looking for shells.
  • intransitive v. To move in a manner suggestive of walking: saw a woodpecker walking up the tree trunk.
  • intransitive v. To conduct oneself or behave in a particular manner; live: walks in majesty and pride.
  • intransitive v. To appear as a supernatural being: The specter of famine walks through the land.
  • intransitive v. Slang To go out on strike.
  • intransitive v. Slang To resign from one's job abruptly; quit.
  • intransitive v. Slang To be acquitted: The alleged killer walked.
  • intransitive v. Baseball To go to first base after the pitcher has thrown four pitches ruled as balls.
  • intransitive v. Basketball To move illegally while holding the ball; travel.
  • intransitive v. Obsolete To be in constant motion.
  • transitive v. To go or pass over, on, or through by walking: walk the financial district of a city.
  • transitive v. To bring to a specified condition by walking: They walked me to exhaustion.
  • transitive v. To cause to walk or proceed at a walk: walk a horse uphill.
  • transitive v. To accompany in walking; escort on foot: walk the children home; walked me down the hall.
  • transitive v. To traverse on foot in order to survey or measure; pace off: walked the bounds of the property.
  • transitive v. To move (a heavy or cumbersome object) in a manner suggestive of walking: walked the bureau into the hall.
  • transitive v. Baseball To allow (a batter) to go to first base by throwing four pitches ruled as balls.
  • transitive v. Baseball To cause (a run) to score by walking a batter. Often used with in.
  • n. The gait of a human or other biped in which the feet are lifted alternately with one part of a foot always on the ground.
  • n. The gait of a quadruped in which at least two feet are always touching the ground, especially the gait of a horse in which the feet touch the ground in the four-beat sequence of near hind foot, near forefoot, off hind foot, off forefoot.
  • n. The self-controlled extravehicular movement in space of an astronaut.
  • n. The act or an instance of walking, especially a stroll for pleasure or exercise.
  • n. The rate at which one walks; a walking pace.
  • n. The characteristic way in which one walks.
  • n. The distance covered or to be covered in walking.
  • n. A place, such as a sidewalk or promenade, on which one may walk.
  • n. A route or circuit particularly suitable for walking: one of the prettiest walks in the area.
  • n. Baseball A base on balls.
  • n. Basketball The act or an instance of moving illegally with the ball; traveling.
  • n. Sports A track event in which contestants compete in walking a specified distance.
  • n. Sports Racewalking.
  • n. An enclosed area designated for the exercise or pasture of livestock.
  • n. An arrangement of trees or shrubs planted in widely spaced rows.
  • n. The space between such rows.
  • walk out To go on strike.
  • walk out To leave suddenly, often as a signal of disapproval.
  • walk over Informal To treat badly or contemptuously.
  • walk over Informal To gain an easy or uncontested victory over.
  • walk through To perform (a play, for example) in a perfunctory fashion, as at a first rehearsal.
  • idiom walk away from To outdo, outrun, or defeat with little difficulty.
  • idiom walk away from To survive (an accident) with very little injury.
  • idiom off To win easily or unexpectedly.
  • idiom off To steal.
  • idiom walk on air To feel elated.
  • idiom walk (someone) through To guide (someone) deliberately through (a process), one step at a time: She walked me through the installation of new software.
  • idiom walk out on To desert or abandon.
  • idiom walk the plank To be forced, as by pirates, to walk off a plank extended over the side of a ship so as to drown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move on the feet by alternately setting each foot (or pair or group of feet, in the case of animals with four or more feet) forward, with at least one foot on the ground at all times. Compare run.
  • v. (law) To "walk free", i.e. to win, or avoid, a criminal court case, particularly when actually guilty.
  • v. Of an object, to be stolen.
  • v. To walk off the field, as if given out, after the fielding side appeals and before the umpire has ruled; done as a matter of sportsmanship when the batsman believes he is out.
  • v. To travel (a distance) by walking.
  • v. To take for a walk or accompany on a walk.
  • v. To allow a batter to reach base by pitching four balls.
  • v. To move something by shifting between two positions, as if it were walking.
  • v. To full; to beat cloth to give it the consistency of felt.
  • v. To traverse by walking (or analogous gradual movement).
  • v. To leave, resign.
  • v. To push (a vehicle) alongside oneself as one walks.
  • n. A trip made by walking.
  • n. A distance walked.
  • n. An Olympic Games track event requiring that the heel of the leading foot touch the ground before the toe of the trailing foot leaves the ground.
  • n. A manner of walking; a person's style of walking.
  • n. A path, sidewalk/pavement or other maintained place on which to walk. Compare trail.
  • n. An award of first base to a batter following four balls being thrown by the pitcher; known in the rules as a "base on balls".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The act of walking, or moving on the feet with a slow pace; advance without running or leaping.
  • n. The act of walking for recreation or exercise.
  • n. Manner of walking; gait; step.
  • n. That in or through which one walks; place or distance walked over; a place for walking; a path or avenue prepared for foot passengers, or for taking air and exercise; way; road; hence, a place or region in which animals may graze; place of wandering; range.
  • n. A frequented track; habitual place of action; sphere.
  • n. Conduct; course of action; behavior.
  • n. The route or district regularly served by a vender.
  • n. In coffee, coconut, and other plantations, the space between them.
  • n.
  • n. A place for keeping and training puppies.
  • n. An inclosed area of some extent to which a gamecock is confined to prepare him for fighting.
  • intransitive v. To move along on foot; to advance by steps; to go on at a moderate pace; specifically, of two-legged creatures, to proceed at a slower or faster rate, but without running, or lifting one foot entirely before the other touches the ground.
  • intransitive v. To move or go on the feet for exercise or amusement; to take one's exercise; to ramble.
  • intransitive v. To be stirring; to be abroad; to go restlessly about; -- said of things or persons expected to remain quiet, as a sleeping person, or the spirit of a dead person; to go about as a somnambulist or a specter.
  • intransitive v. To be in motion; to act; to move; to wag.
  • intransitive v. To behave; to pursue a course of life; to conduct one's self.
  • intransitive v. To move off; to depart.
  • transitive v. To pass through, over, or upon; to traverse; to perambulate.
  • transitive v. To cause to walk; to lead, drive, or ride with a slow pace.
  • transitive v. To subject, as cloth or yarn, to the fulling process; to full.
  • transitive v. To put or keep (a puppy) in a walk; to train (puppies) in a walk.
  • transitive v. To move in a manner likened to walking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be in action or motion; act; move; go; be current.
  • To be stirring; be abroad; move about.
  • To go restlessly about; move about, as an unquiet spirit or specter, or as one in a state of somnambulism.
  • To move off; depart.
  • To live and act or behave in any particular manner; conduct one's self; pursue a particu lar course of life.
  • To move with the gait called a walk. See walk, n., 5.
  • To go or travel on foot: often followed by an accusative of distance: as, to walk five miles.
  • To move, after a manner somewhat analogous to walking, as an effect of repeated oscillations and twistings produced by expansion and contraction or by the action of winds. Chimneys have been known to move in this manner.
  • To fall foul of verbally; give a scolding to.
  • To eat heartily of.
  • To full, as cloth.
  • To proceed or move through, over, or upon by walking, or as if by walking; traverse at a walk.
  • To cause to walk; lead, drive, or ride at a walk.
  • To escort in a walk; take to walk.
  • To move, as a box or trunk, in a manner having some analogy to walking, partly by a rocking motion, and partly by turning the object on its resting-point in such manner that at each rocking movement an alternate point of support is employed, the last one used being always in advance of the previous one in the direction toward which the object is to be moved.
  • To send to or keep in a walk. See walk, n., 8 .
  • n.
  • n. In the West Indies, a plantation of coffee, cinnamon, cacao, pimento, or other trees yielding valuable fruits or spices.
  • n. Manner of action; course, as of life; way of living: as, a person's walk and conversation.
  • n. Range or sphere of action; a department, as of art, science, or literature.
  • n. The act of walking for air or exercise; a stroll: as, a morning walk.
  • n. Manner of walking; gait; step; carriage.
  • n. The slowest gait of land-animals.
  • n. A piece of ground fit to walk in; a place in which one is accustomed to walk; a haunt.
  • n. A place laid out or set apart for walking; an avenue; a promenade.
  • n. Specifically— An avenue set with trees or laid out in a grove or wood.
  • n. plural Grounds; a park.
  • n. A path in or as in a garden or street; a sidewalk: as, a flagged walk; a plank walk.
  • n. In public parks and the like, a place or way for retirement: as, gentlemen's walk.
  • n. A piece of ground on which domestic animals feed or have exercise.
  • n. Specifically— A tract of some extent where sheep feed; a pasture for sheep; a sheep-walk. See sheep-run.
  • n. A place where puppies are kept and trained for sporting purposes.
  • n. A pen in which a gamecock is kept with a certain amount of liberty, but separated from other cocks, to get him in condition and disposition for fighting.
  • n. A district habitually served by a hawker or itinerant vender of any commodity.
  • n. In the London Royal Exchange, any part of the ambulatory that is specially frequented by merchants or traders to some particular country.
  • n. A district in a royal forest or park marked out for hunting purposes.
  • n. A ropewalk.
  • n. In falconry, a flock or wisp of snipe.

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

  • v. live or behave in a specified manner
  • v. walk at a pace
  • n. a slow gait of a horse in which two feet are always on the ground
  • v. take a walk; go for a walk; walk for pleasure
  • v. use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  • v. traverse or cover by walking
  • v. be or act in association with
  • n. (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls
  • v. make walk
  • n. the act of traveling by foot
  • n. manner of walking
  • n. a path set aside for walking
  • v. accompany or escort
  • n. the act of walking somewhere
  • v. obtain a base on balls
  • n. careers in general
  • v. give a base on balls to


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

Middle English walken, from Old English wealcan, to roll.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English walken ("to move, roll, turn, revolve, toss"), from Old English wealcan ("to move round, revolve, roll, turn, toss"), ġewealcan ("to go, traverse"); and Middle English walkien ("to roll, stamp, walk, wallow"), from Old English wealcian ("to curl, roll up"); both from Proto-Germanic *walkanan, *walkōnan (“to twist, turn, roll about, full”), from Proto-Indo-European *walg-, *walk- (“to twist, turn, move”). Cognate with Scots walk ("to walk"), West Frisian swalkje ("to wander, roam"), Dutch walken ("to full, work hair or felt"), Dutch zwalken ("to wander about"), German walken ("to flex, full, mill, drum"), Danish valke ("to waulk, full"), Latin valgus ("bandy-legged, bow-legged"). More at vagrant.


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