Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one gait or multiple gaits.)
Someone's gait (or some animal's gait) is the specific way he walks or runs.
Abstractly, you can use "gait" to mean the specific pace or specific way in which something is moving along.
How to use it:
Concretely, talk about his gait, her shuffling gait, the gait of a model, the gait of a lion, a slow gait, an awkward gait, a distinctive gait, a rushed gait, and so on.
Abstractly, talk about the impressive gait of your project, the sluggish gait of your thoughts when you've taken strong medicine, the disappointing gait of your thesis as it ambles through committees, the graceful gait of her career, and so on.
Good luck getting from class to class on time when the hallways are crowded with teenagers way too cool to shed their unrushed, swaggering gait.
Too much caffeine before bed makes my thoughts zip along at a hectic gait.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "gait” means when you can explain it without saying “manner of walking” or “speed of progress."
Think of someone you know who has a distinctive way of walking, and fill in the blanks: "I could recognize (Person) from far away by (his/her) _____ gait."
Example: "I could recognize Chad from far away by his purposeful, long-striding gait."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Messages that go through an automated translator into several languages and back into English again often end up sounding funny and garbled-- but still somehow meaningful. We’re having fun with that phenomenon this month as we play our game: Guess the moral from Aesop’s Fables after it has been translated into a few foreign languages and back again by a computer program. Some of the morals may be very familiar to you, others not so much. You don’t need to quote Aesop verbatim but rather just understand the message being conveyed. Try it out each day and see the right answer the following day.
Yesterday’s answer: The translation-babble said, “The fact that it is easy to assess the action cannot do.” Aesop said, “It is easy to advise action which cannot be carried out.”
Try this one today: “Familiarity and softens scary.”
A Point Well Made:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
1. The closest opposite of GAIT is
A. GRACE OF MOVEMENT
B. OPEN PASSAGEWAY
C. SITTING POSTURE
2. I advise students to build vocabulary at a _____ gait rather than try to cram in long lists of words.
Answers are below.
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