I. verb Etymology: partly from Middle English walken (past welk, past participle walken), from Old English wealcan to roll, toss, journey about (past weolc, past participle wealcen) and partly from Middle English walkien (past walked, past participle walked), from Old English wealcian to roll up, muffle up; akin to Middle Dutch walken to knead, press, full Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. obsolete roam, wander b. of a spirit to move about in visible form ; appear c. of a ship to make headway 2. a. to move along on foot ; advance by steps b. to come or go easily or readily c. to go on foot for exercise or pleasure d. to go at a walk 3. a. to pursue a course of action or way of life ; conduct oneself ; behave <
walk warily
b. to be or act in association ; continue in union <
the British and American peoples will…walk together side by side…in peace — Sir Winston Churchill
c. walk out <
walked over problems with management
4. to go to first base as a result of a base on balls 5. of an inanimate object a. to move in a manner that is suggestive of walking b. to stand with an appearance suggestive of strides <
pylons walking across the valley
6. of an astronautical to move about in space outside a spacecraft 7. to avoid criminal prosecution or conviction <
walked on a technicality
transitive verb 1. a. to pass on foot or as if on foot through, along, over, or upon ; traverse, perambulate <
walk the streets
walk a tightrope
b. to perform or accomplish by going on foot <
walk guard
2. a. to cause (an animal) to go at a walk ; take for a walk <
walking a dog
b. (1) to cause to move by walking <
walked her bicycle up the hill
(2) to haul (as an anchor) by walking round the capstan 3. to follow on foot for the purpose of measuring, surveying, or inspecting <
walk a boundary
4. a. to accompany on foot ; walk with <
walked her home
b. to compel to walk (as by a command) c. to bring to a specified condition by walking <
walked us off our feet
5. to move (an object) in a manner suggestive of walking 6. to perform (a dance) at a walking pace <
walk a quadrille
7. to give a base on balls to II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. an act or instance of going on foot especially for exercise or pleasure <
go for a walk
b. space walk 2. an accustomed place of walking ; haunt 3. a place designed for walking: a. a railed platform above the roof of a dwelling house b. (1) a path specially arranged or paved for walking (2) sidewalk c. a public avenue for promenading ; promenade d. ropewalk 4. a place or area of land in which animals feed and exercise with minimal restraint 5. distance to be walked <
a quarter mile walk from here
6. British a ceremonial procession 7. manner of living ; conduct, behavior 8. a. the gait of a biped in which the feet are lifted alternately with one foot not clear of the ground before the other touches b. the gait of a quadruped in which there are always at least two feet on the ground; specifically a 4-beat gait of a horse in which the feet strike the ground in the sequence near hind, near fore, off hind, off fore c. a low rate of speed <
the shortage of raw materials slowed production to a walk
9. a route regularly traversed by a person in the performance of a particular activity (as patrolling, begging, or vending) 10. characteristic manner of walking <
his walk is just like his father's
11. a. social or economic status <
all walks of life
b. (1) range or sphere of action ; field, province (2) vocation 12. base on balls 13. an easy victory <
won in a walk

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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