a. A gait of a horse, faster than a canter, in which all four feet are off the ground at the same time during each stride.
b. A fast running motion of other quadrupeds.
2. A ride taken at a gallop.
3. A rapid pace: Events were proceeding at a gallop.
4. Medicine A disordered rhythm of the heart characterized by three or four distinct heart sounds in each cycle and resembling the sound of a galloping horse. Also called gallop rhythm.
v. gal·loped, gal·lop·ing, gal·lops
To cause to gallop.
1. To go or move at a gallop.
2. To move or progress swiftly: Summer was galloping by.
[From Middle English galopen, to go at a gallop, from Old French galoper, of Germanic origin; see wel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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