from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately; the rack. No longer in technical use.
  • intransitive v. To go at the single-foot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An irregular gait of a horse; -- called also single-footed pace. See single, v. i.
  • intransitive v. To proceed by means of the single-foot, as a horse or other quadruped.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move with the single-foot gait; rack. Also single.
  • n. A gait of horses, better known as the rack. See rack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
  • v. go at a rack


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  • Personally I intend to stay with gaited horses (foxtrotters are my preference but walkers or single-foot horses are just as good) for all kinds of reasons.

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  • All she was able to plant was a little garden that she worked by hand with a single-foot plow and a hoe.

    Cold Mountain

  • Jack nudged his horse to a single-foot and headed back toward Deadwood.


  • Spanish horse should; he trotted, he loped, he paced, and went single-foot, greatly to the admiration of the three spectators.

    Southern Stories Retold from St. Nicholas

  • Women will cease to single-foot and learn to undulate when they walk.

    Emma McChesney and Co.

  • They were gaited animals, with a fast jog-walk and a fine single-foot, small and well-proportioned, with tapering legs and small feet.

    Head Hunters of the Amazon: Seven Years of Exploration and Adventure

  • When he changed to a single-foot, which, fortunately for me, he often did, I was much less uncomfortable.

    The Moon Maid

  • I have sternly refused to allow mother to ride Wyoming, on the ground that I would not have her make a martyr of herself in the shape of riding a horse with a single-foot gait, which she so openly detests.

    To Ted on a Hunting Trip

  • And mixed up in it all we discussed the merits of the fox-trot versus the single-foot.

    Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great

  • I'm behind you so much on these single-foot trails.

    The song of the lark


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