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1. The act of walking, or moving on the feet with a slow pace; advance without running or leaping.

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

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

4. 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)

5. 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)

6. Conduct; course of action; behavior.

7. The route or district regularly served by a vender; as, a milkman's 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 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. 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. 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, to live in obedience to his commands, and have communion with him.

Origin: OE. Walken, probably from AS. Wealcan to roll, turn, revolve, akin to D. Walken to felt hats, to work a hat, G. Walken to full, OHG. Walchan to beat, to full, Icel. Valka to roll, to stamp, Sw. Valka to full, to roll, Dan. Valke to full; cf. Skr. Valg to spring; but cf. Also AS. Weallian to roam, ramble, G. Wallen.

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