Hypertext Webster Gateway: "walking"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Walk \Walk\ (w[add]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Walked}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Walking}.] [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. v[=a]lka 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. [root]130.]
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

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.

Note: 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

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.

{To walk} in, to go in; to enter, as into a house.

{To walk after the flesh} (Script.), to indulge sensual
appetites, and to live in sin. --Rom. viii. 1.

{To walk after the Spirit} (Script.), to be guided by the
counsels and influences of the Spirit, and by the word of
God. --Rom. viii. 1.

{To walk by faith} (Script.), to live in the firm belief of
the gospel and its promises, and to rely on Christ for
salvation. --2 Cor. v. 7.

{To walk in darkness} (Script.), to live in ignorance, error,
and sin. --1 John i. 6.

{To walk in the flesh} (Script.), to live this natural life,
which is subject to infirmities and calamities. --2 Cor.
x. 3.

{To walk in the light} (Script.), to live in the practice of
religion, and to enjoy its consolations. --1 John i. 7.

{To walk over}, in racing, to go over a course at a walk; --
said of a horse when there is no other entry; hence,
colloquially, to gain an easy victory in any contest.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Walking \Walk"ing\,
a. & n. from {Walk}, v.

{Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10.

{Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under

{Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below.

{Walking fish} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
Asiatic fishes of the genus {Ophiocephalus}, some of
which, as {O. marulius}, become over four feet long. They
have a special cavity over the gills lined with a membrane
adapted to retain moisture to aid in respiration, and are
thus able to travel considerable distances over the land
at night, whence the name. They construct a curious nest
for their young. Called also {langya}.

{Walking gentleman} (Theater), an actor who usually fills
subordinate parts which require a gentlemanly appearance
but few words. [Cant]

{Walking lady} (Theater), an actress who usually fills such
parts as require only a ladylike appearance on the stage.

{Walking leaf}.
(a) (Bot.) A little American fern ({Camptosorus
rhizophyllus}); -- so called because the fronds taper
into slender prolongations which often root at the apex,
thus producing new plants.
(b) (Zo["o]l.) A leaf insect. See under {Leaf}.

{Walking papers}, or {Walking ticket}, an order to leave;
dismissal, as from office. [Colloq.] --Bartlett.

{Walking stick}.
(a) A stick or staff carried in the hand for hand for support
or amusement when walking; a cane.
(b) (Zo["o]l.) A stick insect; -- called also {walking
straw}. See Illust. of {Stick insect}, under {Stick}.

{Walking wheel} (Mach.), a prime mover consisting of a wheel
driven by the weight of men or animals walking either in
it or on it; a treadwheel.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: close enough to be walked to; "walking distance"; "the
factory with the big parking lot...is more convenient
than the walk-to factory" [syn: {walk-to(a)}, {walking(a)}]
2: traveling by foot; "she was afoot when I saw her this
morning"; "a walking tour of the town"; "a walking and
talking doll" [syn: {afoot(p)}, {walking(a)}]
n : the act of traveling by foot; "walking is a healthy form of
exercise" [syn: {walk}]

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