Walk v. i. [imp. & p. p. Walked p. pr. & vb. n. Walking.]
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.
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.”
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 self.
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. --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.
Walk·ing, a. & n. from Walk, v.
Walking beam. See Beam, 10.
Walking crane, a kind of traveling crane. See under Crane.
Walking fern. Bot. See Walking leaf, below.
Walking fish Zool., any one of numerous species of Asiatic fishes of the genus Ophiocephalus, some of which, as Ophiocephalus 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. [Cant]
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) Zool. A leaf insect. See under Leaf.
Walking papers, or Walking ticket, an order to leave; dismissal, as from office; as, to get one's walking papers, i. e. to be dismissed or fired. [Colloq.] --Bartlett.
Walking stick. (a) A stick or staff carried in the hand for hand for support or amusement when walking; a cane. (b) Zool. 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.
adj : 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)]
n : the act of traveling by foot; "walking is a healthy form of
exercise" [syn: walk]