Definition of Canter

1. Noun. A smooth three-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop.

Exact synonyms: Lope
Generic synonyms: Gait
Derivative terms: Lope

2. Verb. Ride at a canter. "The men cantered away"
Category relationships: Horseback Riding, Riding
Generic synonyms: Ride Horseback

3. Verb. Go at a canter, of horses. "The horses canter across the field"
Generic synonyms: Pace

4. Verb. Ride at a cantering pace. "The men canter the horses across the field"; "He cantered the horse across the meadow"
Category relationships: Horseback Riding, Riding, Equitation, Horseback Riding, Riding
Generic synonyms: Ride, Sit

Definition of Canter

1. n. A moderate and easy gallop adapted to pleasure riding.

2. v. i. To move in a canter.

3. v. t. To cause, as a horse, to go at a canter; to ride (a horse) at a canter.

4. n. One who cants or whines; a beggar.

Definition of Canter

1. Noun. A gait of a horse between a trot and a gallop, consisting of three beats and a "suspension" phase, where there are no feet on the ground. Also describing this gait on other four legged animals. ¹

2. Noun. A ride on a horse at such speed. ¹

3. Verb. To move at such pace. ¹

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Definition of Canter

1. to ride a horse at a moderate pace [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Canter

canted angle
canted angles
canteen cup
canteen cups
canter (current term)
cantering rhythm
canthal hypertelorism
cantharidal collodion

Literary usage of Canter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Classical Philology by University of Chicago press, JSTOR (Organization) (1907)
"The dissertation of Dr. canter presents a collection of all the infinitives found in Livy, arranged in the following chapters: I, the Historical Infinitive; ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United by United States Supreme Court, Richard Peters (1829)
"Upon this order of court being made, Mr canter filed a statement of his claim, and the case went before the register. The counsel for the defendants filed ..."

3. Horsemanship for Women by Theodore Hoe Mead (1887)
"THESE are treated of by some writers as distinct, the canter being called " purely ... Horses undoubtedly often canter in a rude way without being taught, ..."

4. The Horse, in the Stable and the Field: His Varieties, Management in Health by John Henry Walsh (1888)
"The true canter, as adapted for ladies, is indicated below, TH« canter. though it is so difficult to represent, that it is not so clearly done as might bo ..."

5. Diseases of the Heart and Arterial System: Designed to be a Practical by Robert Hall Babcock (1905)
"Its canter rhythm is imparted to it by the shortening up of the long ... If one will imitate the sound of a slow canter by striking his hands on his knees, ..."

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