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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 1:6.

To walk in the light, to live in the practice of religion, and to enjoy its consolations. 1 John 1:7.

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.