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walk Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of traveling by foot
    • walking is a healthy form of exercise
  2. noun (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls
    base on balls; pass.
    • he worked the pitcher for a base on balls
  3. noun manner of walking
    manner of walking.
    • he had a funny walk
  4. noun the act of walking somewhere
    • he took a walk after lunch
  5. noun a path set aside for walking
    walkway; paseo.
    • after the blizzard he shoveled the front walk
  6. noun a slow gait of a horse in which two feet are always on the ground
  7. noun careers in general
    walk of life.
    • it happens in all walks of life
  8. verb use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
    • Walk, don't run!
    • We walked instead of driving
    • She walks with a slight limp
    • The patient cannot walk yet
    • Walk over to the cabinet
  9. verb accompany or escort
    • I'll walk you to your car
  10. verb obtain a base on balls
  11. verb traverse or cover by walking
    • Walk the tightrope
    • Paul walked the streets of Damascus
    • She walks 3 miles every day
  12. verb give a base on balls to
  13. verb live or behave in a specified manner
    • walk in sadness
  14. verb be or act in association with
    • We must walk with our dispossessed brothers and sisters
    • Walk with God
  15. verb walk at a pace
    • The horses walked across the meadow
  16. verb make walk
    • He walks the horse up the mountain
    • Walk the dog twice a day
  17. verb take a walk; go for a walk; walk for pleasure
    take the air.
    • The lovers held hands while walking
    • We like to walk every Sunday

Walk intransitive verb
OE. walken, probably from AS. wealcan to roll, turn, revolve, akin to D. walken to felt hats, to work a hat, G. walken to full, OHG. walchan to beat, to full, Icel. valka to roll, to stamp, Sw. valka to full, to roll, Dan. valke to full; cf. Skr. valg to spring; but cf. also AS. weallian to roam, ramble, G. wallen.
imperfect & past participle Walked ; present participle & verbal noun Walking
  1. 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.
    At the end of twelve months, he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. Dan. iv. 29.
    When Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matt. xiv. 29.
    ✍ In the walk of quadrupeds, there are always two, and for a brief space there are three, feet on the ground at once, but never four.
  2. To move or go on the feet for exercise or amusement; to take one's exercise; to ramble.
  3. 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.
    I have heard, but not believed, the spirits of the dead May walk again. Shak.
    When was it she last walked? Shak.
  4. To be in motion; to act; to move; to wag. Obs. "Her tongue did walk in foul reproach." Spenser.
    Do you think I'd walk in any plot? B. Jonson.
    I heard a pen walking in the chimney behind the cloth. Latimer.
  5. To behave; to pursue a course of life; to conduct one's self.
    We walk perversely with God, and he will walk crookedly toward us. Jer. Taylor.
  6. To move off; to depart. Obs. or Colloq.
    He will make their cows and garrans to walk. Spenser.
Walk transitive verb
  1. To pass through, over, or upon; to traverse; to perambulate; as, to walk the streets.
    As we walk our earthly round. Keble.
  2. To cause to walk; to lead, drive, or ride with a slow pace; as to walk one's horses. " I will rather trust . . . a thief to walk my ambling gelding." Shak.
  3. AS. wealcan to roll. See Walk to move on foot. To subject, as cloth or yarn, to the fulling process; to full. Obs. or Scot.
Walk noun
  1. The act of walking, or moving on the feet with a slow pace; advance without running or leaping.
  2. The act of walking for recreation or exercise; as, a morning walk; an evening walk.
  3. Manner of walking; gait; step; as, we often know a person at a distance by his walk.
  4. 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; as, a sheep walk.
    A woody mountain . . . with goodliest trees Planted, with walks and bowers. Milton.
    He had walk for a hundred sheep. Latimer.
    Amid the sound of steps that beat The murmuring walks like rain. Bryant.
  5. A frequented track; habitual place of action; sphere; as, the walk of the historian.
    The mountains are his walks. Sandys.
    He opened a boundless walk for his imagination. Pope.
  6. Conduct; course of action; behavior.
  7. The route or district regularly served by a vender; as, a milkman's walk. Eng.

Webster 1913