Walk

Noun

  • A distance walked.

    "It’s a long walk from my house to the library"

  • A path, sidewalk/pavement or other maintained place on which to walk. Compare trail.
  • (historical) A place for keeping and training puppies for dogfighting.
  • A trip made by walking.

    "I take a walk every morning"

  • A manner of walking; a person's style of walking.

    "The Ministry of Silly Walks is underfunded this year"

  • In coffee, coconut, and other plantations, the space between them.
  • (graph theory) A sequence of alternating vertices and edges, where each edge's endpoints are the preceding and following vertices in the sequence.
  • (sports) An Olympic Games track event requiring that the heel of the leading foot touch the ground before the toe of the trailing foot leaves the ground.
  • (baseball) An award of first base to a batter following four balls being thrown by the pitcher; known in the rules as a "base on balls".

    "The pitcher now has two walks in this inning alone"

  • (historical) An enclosed area in which a gamecock is confined to prepare him for fighting.

Verb

  • (transitive) To push (a vehicle) alongside oneself as one walks.
  • (obsolete) To be in motion; to act; to move.
  • (intransitive, colloquial, law) To "walk free", i.e. to win, or avoid, a criminal court case, particularly when actually guilty.

    "If you can’t present a better case, that robber is going to walk."

  • (transitive) To travel (a distance) by walking.

    "I walk two miles to school every day.  The museum’s not far from here – you can walk it."

  • (transitive) To move something by shifting between two positions, as if it were walking.

    "I carefully walked the ladder along the wall."

  • (intransitive, colloquial) To leave, resign.

    "If we don't offer him more money he'll walk."

  • To be stirring; to be abroad; to go restlessly about; said of things or persons expected to remain quiet, such as a sleeping person, or the spirit of a dead person.
  • (intransitive) To move on the feet by alternately setting each foot (or pair or group of feet, in the case of animals with four or more feet) forward, with at least one foot on the ground at all times. Compare run.

    "To walk briskly for an hour every day is to keep fit."

  • (intransitive, cricket, of a batsman) To walk off the field, as if given out, after the fielding side appeals and before the umpire has ruled; done as a matter of sportsmanship when the batsman believes he is out.
  • (transitive, baseball) To allow a batter to reach base by pitching four balls.
  • (transitive) To traverse by walking (or analogous gradual movement).

    "I walked the streets aimlessly."

  • To behave; to pursue a course of life; to conduct oneself.
  • (transitive, historical) To put, keep, or train (a puppy) in a walk, or training area for dogfighting.
  • (intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic) Of an object, to be stolen.

    "If you leave your wallet lying around, it’s going to walk."

  • (transitive) To take for a walk or accompany on a walk.

    "I walk the dog every morning.  Will you walk me home?"

  • (transitive) To full; to beat cloth to give it the consistency of felt.

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