1. A particular way or manner of moving on foot: a person who ran with a clumsy, hobbling gait.
2. Any of the ways, such as a canter, trot, or walk, by which a horse can move by lifting the feet in different order or rhythm.
3. Rate or manner of proceeding: The project went forward at a steady gait.
tr.v. gait·ed, gait·ing, gaits
To train (a horse) in a particular gait or gaits.
[Middle English gate, path, gait, from Old Norse gata, path; see ghē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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