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WALK, v.i. [G., to full, to felt hats; a fuller; to stir, to be agitated, to rove, to travel, to wander, to roll. Our ancestors appropriated the verb to moving on the feet, and the word is peculiarly expressive of that rolling or wagging motion which marks the walk of clownish people.]

1. To move slowly on the feet; to step slowly along; to advance by steps moderately repeated; as animals. Walking in men differs from running only in the rapidity and length of the steps; but in quadrupeds, the motion or order of the feet is sometimes changed.

At the end of twelve months, he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. Daniel 4.

When Peter had come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14.

2. To move or go on the feet for exercise or amusement. Hundreds of students daily walk on Downing terrace in Cambridge.

3. To appear, as a specter.

The spirits of the dead may walk again.

4. To act on any occasion.

Do you think Id walk in any plot?

5. To be in motion, as a clamorous tongue.

Her tongue did walk in foul reproach.

6. To act or move on the feet in sleep.

When was it she last walkd? [But this is unusual. When we speak of noctambulation, we say, to walk in sleep.]

7. To range; to be stirring.

Affairs that walk, as they say spirits do at midnight. [Unusual.]

8. To move off; to depart.

When he comes forth he will make their cows and garrans walk. [Not elegant.

9. In Scripture, to live and act or behave; to pursue a particular course of life.

To walk with God, to live in obedience to his commands, and have communion with him. Genesis 5.

To walk in darkness, to live in ignorance, error and sin, without comfort. 1 John 1.

To walk in the light, to live int he practice of religion, and to enjoy its consolations. 1 John 1.

To walk by faith, to live in the firm belief of the gospel and its promises, and to rely on Christ for salvation. 2 Corinthians 5.

To walk through the fire, to be exercised with severe afflictions. Isaiah 43.

To walk after the flesh, to indulge sensual appetites, and to live in sin. Romans 8.

To walk after the Spirit, to be guided by the counsels and influences of the Spirit and by the word of God, and to live a life of holy deportment.

To walk in the flesh, to live this natural life, which is subject to infirmities and calamities. 2 Corinthians 10.

To walk in, to enter, as a house. Walk in, gentlemen.

WALK, v.t. wauk.

1. To pass through or upon; as, to walk the streets. [This is elliptical for to walk in or through the street.]

2. To cause to walk or step slowly; to lead, drive or ride with a slow pace. He found the road so bad he was obliged to walk his horse. The coachman walked his horses from Woodbridge to Princeton.

WALK, n. Wauk.

1. The act of walking; the act of moving on the feet with a slow pace.

2. The act of walking for air or exercise; as a morning walk; an evening walk.

3. Manner of walking; gait; step. We often know a person in a distant apartment by his walk.

4. Length of way or circuit through which one walks; or a place for walking; as a long walk; a short walk. The gardens of the Tuilerie and of the Luxemburgh are very pleasant walks.

5. An avenue set with trees.

6. Way; road; range; place of wandering.

The mountains are his walks.

The starry walks above.

7. Region; space.

He opened a boundless walk for his imagination.

8. Course of life or pursuit. This is not within the walk of the historian.

9. The slowest pace of a horse, ox or other quadruped.

10. A fish. [A mistake for whelk.]

11. In the West Indies, a plantation of canes, &c.

A sheep walk, so called, is high and dry land where sheep pasture.



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WALK, v.i. [G., to full, to felt hats; a fuller; to stir, to be agitated, to rove, to travel, to wander, to roll. Our ancestors appropriated the verb to moving on the feet, and the word is peculiarly expressive of that rolling or wagging motion which marks the walk of clownish people.]

1. To move slowly on the feet; to step slowly along; to advance by steps moderately repeated; as animals. Walking in men differs from running only in the rapidity and length of the steps; but in quadrupeds, the motion or order of the feet is sometimes changed.

At the end of twelve months, he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. Daniel 4.

When Peter had come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14.

2. To move or go on the feet for exercise or amusement. Hundreds of students daily walk on Downing terrace in Cambridge.

3. To appear, as a specter.

The spirits of the dead may walk again.

4. To act on any occasion.

Do you think Id walk in any plot?

5. To be in motion, as a clamorous tongue.

Her tongue did walk in foul reproach.

6. To act or move on the feet in sleep.

When was it she last walkd? [But this is unusual. When we speak of noctambulation, we say, to walk in sleep.]

7. To range; to be stirring.

Affairs that walk, as they say spirits do at midnight. [Unusual.]

8. To move off; to depart.

When he comes forth he will make their cows and garrans walk. [Not elegant.

9. In Scripture, to live and act or behave; to pursue a particular course of life.

To walk with God, to live in obedience to his commands, and have communion with him. Genesis 5.

To walk in darkness, to live in ignorance, error and sin, without comfort. 1 John 1.

To walk in the light, to live int he practice of religion, and to enjoy its consolations. 1 John 1.

To walk by faith, to live in the firm belief of the gospel and its promises, and to rely on Christ for salvation. 2 Corinthians 5.

To walk through the fire, to be exercised with severe afflictions. Isaiah 43.

To walk after the flesh, to indulge sensual appetites, and to live in sin. Romans 8.

To walk after the Spirit, to be guided by the counsels and influences of the Spirit and by the word of God, and to live a life of holy deportment.

To walk in the flesh, to live this natural life, which is subject to infirmities and calamities. 2 Corinthians 10.

To walk in, to enter, as a house. Walk in, gentlemen.

WALK, v.t. wauk.

1. To pass through or upon; as, to walk the streets. [This is elliptical for to walk in or through the street.]

2. To cause to walk or step slowly; to lead, drive or ride with a slow pace. He found the road so bad he was obliged to walk his horse. The coachman walked his horses from Woodbridge to Princeton.

WALK, n. Wauk.

1. The act of walking; the act of moving on the feet with a slow pace.

2. The act of walking for air or exercise; as a morning walk; an evening walk.

3. Manner of walking; gait; step. We often know a person in a distant apartment by his walk.

4. Length of way or circuit through which one walks; or a place for walking; as a long walk; a short walk. The gardens of the Tuilerie and of the Luxemburgh are very pleasant walks.

5. An avenue set with trees.

6. Way; road; range; place of wandering.

The mountains are his walks.

The starry walks above.

7. Region; space.

He opened a boundless walk for his imagination.

8. Course of life or pursuit. This is not within the walk of the historian.

9. The slowest pace of a horse, ox or other quadruped.

10. A fish. [A mistake for whelk.]

11. In the West Indies, a plantation of canes, &c.

A sheep walk, so called, is high and dry land where sheep pasture.

WALK, n. [wauk.]

  1. The act of walking; the act of moving on the feet with a slow pace.
  2. The act of walking for air or exercise; as, a rooming stalk; an evening walk. – Pope.
  3. Manner of walking; gait; step. We often know a person in a distant apartment by his walk.
  4. Length of way or circuit through which one walks; or a place for walking; as, a long walk; a short walk. The gardens of the Tuileries and of the Luxemburgh are very pleasant walks.
  5. An avenue set with trees. – Milton.
  6. Way; road; range; place of wandering. The mountains are his walk. – Sandys. The starry walks above. – Dryden.
  7. Region; space. He opened a boundless walk for his imagination. – Pope.
  8. Course of life or pursuit. This is not within the walk of the historian.
  9. The slowest pace of a horse, ox or other quadruped.
  10. A fish. [A mistake for whelk.] – Ainsworth.
  11. In the West Indies, a plantation of canes, &c. – Edwards, W. Indies. A sheep walk, so called, is high and dry land where sheep are pastured.

WALK, v.i. [wauk; Sax. wealcan, to roll or revolve; wealcere, a fuller, whence the name Walker; D. walken, to work a hat; G. walken, to full, to felt hats; walker, a fuller, Sw. valkare; Dan. valker, to full or mill cloth; valker, a fuller; valke, a pad or stuffed roll; G. wallen, to stir, to be agitated, to rove, to travel, to wander. From the same root are Russ. valyu, G. wälzen, to roll, and wälsch, foreign, Celtic, Welsh, that is, wanderers. The primary sense is simply to move or press, but appropriately, to roll, to press by rolling, as in hatting, and this is the origin of walker, for the practice of felting hats must have preceded that of fulling cloth in mills. Our ancestors appropriated the verb to moving on the feet, and the word is peculiarly expressive of that rolling or wagging motion which marks the walk of clownish people. Qu. Heb. ילך.]

  1. To move slowly on the feet; to step slowly along; to advance by steps moderately repeated; as animals. Walking in men differs from running only in the rapidity and length of the steps; but in quadrupeds, the motion or order of the feet is sometimes changed. At the end of twelve months, he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. Dan. iv. When Peter had come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matth. iv.
  2. To move or go on the feet for exercise or amusement. Hundreds of students daily walk on Downing terrace, in Cambridge.
  3. To appear, as a specter. The spirits of the dead / May walk again. – Shak.
  4. To act on any occasion. Do you think I'd walk in any plot. [Obs.] – B. Jonson.
  5. To be in motion, as a clamorous tongue. Her tongue did walk / In foul reproach. [Obs.] – Spenser.
  6. To act or move on the feet in sleep. When was it she last walk'd? – Shak. [But this is unusual.] When we speak of somnambulation, we say, to walk in sleep.]
  7. To range; to be stirring. Affairs that walk / As they say spirits do at midnight. [Unusual.] – Shak.
  8. To move off; to depart. When he comes forth, he will make their cows and garrans walk. [Not elegant.] – Spenser.
  9. In Scripture, to live and act or behave; to pursue a particular course of life. To walk with God, to live in obedience to his commands, and have communion with him. – Gen. v. To walk in darkness, to live in ignorance, error and sin, without comfort. – 1 John i. To walk in the light, to live in the practice of religion, and to enjoy its consolations. – 1 John i. To walk by faith, to live in the firm belief of the Gospel and its promises, and to rely on Christ for salvation. – 2 Cor. v. To walk through the fire, to be exercised with severe afflictions. Isa. xliii. To walk after the flesh, to indulge sensual appetites, and to live in sin. Deut. viii. To walk after the Spirit, to be guided by the counsels and influences of the Spirit and by the word of God, and to live a life of holy deportment. – Rom. viii. To walk in the flesh, to live this natural life, which is subject to infirmities and calamities. – 2 Cor. x. To walk in, to enter, as a house. Walk in, gentlemen.

WALK, v.t. [wauk.]

  1. To pass through or upon; as, to walk the streets. [This is elliptical for to walk in or through the streets.]
  2. To cause to walk or step slowly; to lead, drive or ride with a slow pace. He found the road so bad he was obliged to walk his horse. The coachman walked his horses from Woodbridge to Princeton.

Walk
  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 pass through, over, or upon; to traverse; to perambulate; as, to walk the streets.

    As we walk our earthly round. Keble.

  3. The act of walking, or moving on the feet with a slow pace; advance without running or leaping.
  4. In coffee, coconut, and other plantations, the space between them.
  5. To put or keep (a puppy) in a walk; to train (puppies) in a walk.

    [Cant]
  6. To move or go on the feet for exercise or amusement; to take one's exercise; to ramble.
  7. 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.
  8. The act of walking for recreation or exercise; as, a morning walk; an evening walk.
  9. A place for keeping and training puppies.

    (b)
  10. To move in a manner likened to walking.

    [Colloq.]

    She walked a spinning wheel into the house, making it use first one and then the other of its own spindling legs to achieve progression rather than lifting it by main force. C. E. Craddock.

    To walk one's chalks, to make off; take French leave.

  11. 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.

  12. To subject, as cloth or yarn, to the fulling process; to full.

    [Obs. or Scot.]

    To walk the plank, to walk off the plank into the water and be drowned; -- an expression derived from the practice of pirates who extended a plank from the side of a ship, and compelled those whom they would drown to walk off into the water; figuratively, to vacate an office by compulsion. Bartlett.

  13. Manner of walking; gait; step; as, we often know a person at a distance by his walk.
  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. To move off; to depart.

    [Obs. or Colloq.]

    He will make their cows and garrans to walk. Spenser.

    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. -- To walk through the fire (Script.), to be exercised with severe afflictions. Isa. xliii. 2. -- To walk with God (Script.), to live in obedience to his commands, and have communion with him.

  19. Conduct; course of action; behavior.
  20. The route or district regularly served by a vender; as, a milkman's walk.

    [Eng.]

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WALK, verb intransitive [G., to full, to felt hats; a fuller; to stir, to be agitated, to rove, to travel, to wander, to roll. Our ancestors appropriated the verb to moving on the feet, and the word is peculiarly expressive of that rolling or wagging motion which marks the walk of clownish people.]

1. To move slowly on the feet; to step slowly along; to advance by steps moderately repeated; as animals. Walking in men differs from running only in the rapidity and length of the steps; but in quadrupeds, the motion or order of the feet is sometimes changed.

At the end of twelve months, he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. Daniel 4:37.

When Peter had come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:29.

2. To move or go on the feet for exercise or amusement. Hundreds of students daily walk on Downing terrace in Cambridge.

3. To appear, as a specter.

The spirits of the dead may walk again.

4. To act on any occasion.

Do you think Id walk in any plot?

5. To be in motion, as a clamorous tongue.

Her tongue did walk in foul reproach.

6. To act or move on the feet in sleep.

When was it she last walkd? [But this is unusual. When we speak of noctambulation, we say, to walk in sleep.]

7. To range; to be stirring.

Affairs that walk as they say spirits do at midnight. [Unusual.]

8. To move off; to depart.

When he comes forth he will make their cows and garrans walk [Not elegant.

9. In Scripture, to live and act or behave; to pursue a particular course of life.

To walk with God, to live in obedience to his commands, and have communion with him. Genesis 5:22.

To walk in darkness, to live in ignorance, error and sin, without comfort. 1 John 1:36.

To walk in the light, to live int he practice of religion, and to enjoy its consolations. 1 John 1:36.

To walk by faith, to live in the firm belief of the gospel and its promises, and to rely on Christ for salvation. 2 Corinthians 5:7.

To walk through the fire, to be exercised with severe afflictions. Isaiah 43:2.

To walk after the flesh, to indulge sensual appetites, and to live in sin. Romans 8:1.

To walk after the Spirit, to be guided by the counsels and influences of the Spirit and by the word of God, and to live a life of holy deportment.

To walk in the flesh, to live this natural life, which is subject to infirmities and calamities. 2 Corinthians 10:3.

To walk in, to enter, as a house. walk in, gentlemen.

WALK, verb transitive wauk.

1. To pass through or upon; as, to walk the streets. [This is elliptical for to walk in or through the street.]

2. To cause to walk or step slowly; to lead, drive or ride with a slow pace. He found the road so bad he was obliged to walk his horse. The coachman walked his horses from Woodbridge to Princeton.

WALK, noun Wauk.

1. The act of walking; the act of moving on the feet with a slow pace.

2. The act of walking for air or exercise; as a morning walk; an evening walk

3. Manner of walking; gait; step. We often know a person in a distant apartment by his walk

4. Length of way or circuit through which one walks; or a place for walking; as a long walk; a short walk The gardens of the Tuilerie and of the Luxemburgh are very pleasant walks.

5. An avenue set with trees.

6. Way; road; range; place of wandering.

The mountains are his walks.

The starry walks above.

7. Region; space.

He opened a boundless walk for his imagination.

8. Course of life or pursuit. This is not within the walk of the historian.

9. The slowest pace of a horse, ox or other quadruped.

10. A fish. [A mistake for whelk.]

11. In the West Indies, a plantation of canes, etc.

A sheep walk so called, is high and dry land where sheep pasture.

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