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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I trotted along one evening wondering what Medau was all about.
▪ This goofy, affable, golden-retriever of a movie trots along offering modest pleasures and no real surprises.
▪ Thank goodness for sheep, thought the three little piggies as they trotted along in the sunshine.
▪ And so, with Toto trotting along soberly behind her, she started on her journey.
▪ She trotted along to the kitchen, but when she reached it, she stopped and listened carefully before opening the door.
▪ He trotted along the path to the footbridge, crossed it and raced out on to Water Meadow.
▪ The waitress trotting along beside her had seemed unsettled by the other man's eyes.
▪ We trotted along the side, under the shelter of the trees.
▪ An otherwise respectable middle-aged woman pressed the thing to her bosom and trotted back to her seat, aglow.
▪ Goosedown Owen had trotted back to the stable and was eyeing the whole scene from the comfort of her stall.
▪ I trotted back to the shop and bought some X-Phosphate and X-Nitrate.
▪ We pulled up at the end of the schooling stretch and trotted back to where Tremayne stood with his binoculars.
▪ It begins with Septimus Honeydew waking up at three in the morning and trotting off to Mum and Dad's room.
▪ Taking the children in her arms, she trotted off amongst the trees.
▪ The mare knew the way to the stables, and trotted off, with a clap on the flank.
▪ This happens maybe once every couple of months but recently, every couple of weeks, he trots off on his own.
▪ Theda could hear them arguing even as the horse trotted off down the drive.
▪ Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is trotting out an old and unconventional idea.
▪ I was trotted out at these wretched award banquets like the March of Dimes child.
▪ The young critters were trotted out to put on a show for the kids.
▪ The manager trotted out from his office to greet me when I stopped by for a look.
▪ Instantly alert, we trotted out after our bailiff and sensed the envy of those left to wait.
be hot to trot
▪ The inhibitions of the average citizen were hot to trot.
▪ Dorothy arrived, with a little dog trotting along behind her.
▪ He locked the door and trotted down the stairs to my car.
▪ I'm going to trot over to the post office.
▪ I looked up, and saw a dog trotting along the sidewalk toward me.
▪ She trotted softly through the passageway to the gate.
▪ A horse whinnied and reared; the troop trotted quickly out of the inn yard towards the high road.
▪ An otherwise respectable middle-aged woman pressed the thing to her bosom and trotted back to her seat, aglow.
▪ He moved fast, at times trotting, conscious of the approaching dark.
▪ It begins with Septimus Honeydew waking up at three in the morning and trotting off to Mum and Dad's room.
▪ She whinnied and trotted placidly back.
▪ These newcomers trotted through the streets-nobody seemed to walk anymore-waving papers, shouting at the top of their lungs.
▪ We must have had 20 groups of costumed revelers trot by us up on stage.
▪ Without waiting to find out what it meant, she broke into a trot and hurried on round the next corner.
▪ I walked briskly one block over to Cabana, the wide boulevard that parallels the beach, and broke into a trot.
▪ One of the men shouted after her and she broke into an awkward trot.
▪ He broke into a trot as he headed up the path to the staff-cabins.
▪ The animal was struggling with a loose shoe and was in no mood to break into a trot.
▪ It wasn't until she was completely out of his sight that she allowed herself to break into a swift trot.
▪ He broke into a trot and the three surprised young men did likewise, aware that something must have gone wrong.
▪ They broke into a trot and found Mary standing in the middle of a thicket.
be hot to trot
▪ The inhibitions of the average citizen were hot to trot.
break into a run/trot etc
▪ Dhani and Ian broke into a run, taking the high altar steps three at a time.
▪ He broke into a trot and the three surprised young men did likewise, aware that something must have gone wrong.
▪ He broke into a trot as he headed up the path to the staff-cabins.
▪ I walked briskly one block over to Cabana, the wide boulevard that parallels the beach, and broke into a trot.
▪ It was all I could do to stop myself breaking into a run.
▪ The animal was struggling with a loose shoe and was in no mood to break into a trot.
▪ Without waiting to find out what it meant, she broke into a trot and hurried on round the next corner.
▪ With a click, the horse started into a trot.
▪ But Schuey was in top form and the triple world beater always looked odds-on to score his fifth win on the trot.
▪ He had arrived from Minneapolis in a linen suit and had a bad case of the trots.
▪ I start out at a brisk trot.
▪ They may well crack altogether if Blackburn could win 3 or 4 games on the trot.
▪ Washington shuffles back to his bucket in almost a trot.
▪ What about the 10 superb games he had on the trot recently?
▪ Without waiting to find out what it meant, she broke into a trot and hurried on round the next corner.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Horse \Horse\ (h[^o]rs), n. [AS. hors; akin to OS. hros, D. & OHG. ros, G. ross, Icel. hross; and perh. to L. currere to run, E. course, current Cf. Walrus.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A hoofed quadruped of the genus Equus; especially, the domestic horse ( Equus caballus), which was domesticated in Egypt and Asia at a very early period. It has six broad molars, on each side of each jaw, with six incisors, and two canine teeth, both above and below. The mares usually have the canine teeth rudimentary or wanting. The horse differs from the true asses, in having a long, flowing mane, and the tail bushy to the base. Unlike the asses it has callosities, or chestnuts, on all its legs. The horse excels in strength, speed, docility, courage, and nobleness of character, and is used for drawing, carrying, bearing a rider, and like purposes.

    Note: Many varieties, differing in form, size, color, gait, speed, etc., are known, but all are believed to have been derived from the same original species. It is supposed to have been a native of the plains of Central Asia, but the wild species from which it was derived is not certainly known. The feral horses of America are domestic horses that have run wild; and it is probably true that most of those of Asia have a similar origin. Some of the true wild Asiatic horses do, however, approach the domestic horse in several characteristics. Several species of fossil ( Equus) are known from the later Tertiary formations of Europe and America. The fossil species of other genera of the family Equid[ae] are also often called horses, in general sense.

  2. The male of the genus Equus, in distinction from the female or male; usually, a castrated male.

  3. Mounted soldiery; cavalry; -- used without the plural termination; as, a regiment of horse; -- distinguished from foot.

    The armies were appointed, consisting of twenty-five thousand horse and foot.

  4. A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc.

  5. A frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.

  6. Anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a horse; a hobby.

  7. (Mining) A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse -- said of a vein -- is to divide into branches for a distance.

  8. (Naut.)

    1. See Footrope, a.

    2. A breastband for a leadsman.

    3. An iron bar for a sheet traveler to slide upon.

    4. A jackstay.
      --W. C. Russell.

  9. (Student Slang)

    1. A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination; -- called also trot, pony, Dobbin.

    2. Horseplay; tomfoolery.

  10. heroin. [slang]

  11. horsepower. [Colloq. contraction] Note: Horse is much used adjectively and in composition to signify of, or having to do with, a horse or horses, like a horse, etc.; as, horse collar, horse dealer or horse?dealer, horsehoe, horse jockey; and hence, often in the sense of strong, loud, coarse, etc.; as, horselaugh, horse nettle or horse-nettle, horseplay, horse ant, etc. Black horse, Blood horse, etc. See under Black, etc. Horse aloes, caballine aloes. Horse ant (Zo["o]l.), a large ant ( Formica rufa); -- called also horse emmet. Horse artillery, that portion of the artillery in which the cannoneers are mounted, and which usually serves with the cavalry; flying artillery. Horse balm (Bot.), a strong-scented labiate plant ( Collinsonia Canadensis), having large leaves and yellowish flowers. Horse bean (Bot.), a variety of the English or Windsor bean ( Faba vulgaris), grown for feeding horses. Horse boat, a boat for conveying horses and cattle, or a boat propelled by horses. Horse bot. (Zo["o]l.) See Botfly, and Bots. Horse box, a railroad car for transporting valuable horses, as hunters. [Eng.] Horse breaker or Horse trainer, one employed in subduing or training horses for use. Horse car.

    1. A railroad car drawn by horses. See under Car.

    2. A car fitted for transporting horses. Horse cassia (Bot.), a leguminous plant ( Cassia Javanica), bearing long pods, which contain a black, catharic pulp, much used in the East Indies as a horse medicine. Horse cloth, a cloth to cover a horse. Horse conch (Zo["o]l.), a large, spiral, marine shell of the genus Triton. See Triton. Horse courser.

      1. One that runs horses, or keeps horses for racing.

      2. A dealer in horses. [Obs.] --Wiseman. Horse crab (Zo["o]l.), the Limulus; -- called also horsefoot, horsehoe crab, and king crab. Horse crevall['e] (Zo["o]l.), the cavally. Horse emmet (Zo["o]l.), the horse ant. Horse finch (Zo["o]l.), the chaffinch. [Prov. Eng.] Horse gentian (Bot.), fever root. Horse iron (Naut.), a large calking iron. Horse latitudes, a space in the North Atlantic famous for calms and baffling winds, being between the westerly winds of higher latitudes and the trade winds. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. Horse mackrel. (Zo["o]l.)

        1. The common tunny ( Orcynus thunnus), found on the Atlantic coast of Europe and America, and in the Mediterranean.

        2. The bluefish ( Pomatomus saltatrix).

    3. The scad.

    4. The name is locally applied to various other fishes, as the California hake, the black candlefish, the jurel, the bluefish, etc. Horse marine (Naut.), an awkward, lubbery person; one of a mythical body of marine cavalry. [Slang] Horse mussel (Zo["o]l.), a large, marine mussel ( Modiola modiolus), found on the northern shores of Europe and America. Horse nettle (Bot.), a coarse, prickly, American herb, the Solanum Carolinense. Horse parsley. (Bot.) See Alexanders. Horse purslain (Bot.), a coarse fleshy weed of tropical America ( Trianthema monogymnum). Horse race, a race by horses; a match of horses in running or trotting. Horse racing, the practice of racing with horses. Horse railroad, a railroad on which the cars are drawn by horses; -- in England, and sometimes in the United States, called a tramway. Horse run (Civil Engin.), a device for drawing loaded wheelbarrows up an inclined plane by horse power. Horse sense, strong common sense. [Colloq. U.S.] Horse soldier, a cavalryman. Horse sponge (Zo["o]l.), a large, coarse, commercial sponge ( Spongia equina). Horse stinger (Zo["o]l.), a large dragon fly. [Prov. Eng.] Horse sugar (Bot.), a shrub of the southern part of the United States ( Symplocos tinctoria), whose leaves are sweet, and good for fodder. Horse tick (Zo["o]l.), a winged, dipterous insect ( Hippobosca equina), which troubles horses by biting them, and sucking their blood; -- called also horsefly, horse louse, and forest fly. Horse vetch (Bot.), a plant of the genus Hippocrepis ( Hippocrepis comosa), cultivated for the beauty of its flowers; -- called also horsehoe vetch, from the peculiar shape of its pods. Iron horse, a locomotive. [Colloq.] Salt horse, the sailor's name for salt beef. To look a gift horse in the mouth, to examine the mouth of a horse which has been received as a gift, in order to ascertain his age; -- hence, to accept favors in a critical and thankless spirit. --Lowell. To take horse.

      1. To set out on horseback.

      2. To be covered, as a mare.

      3. See definition 7 (above).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a gait faster than a walk and slower than a run," c.1300, originally of horses, from Old French trot "a trot, trotting" (12c.), from troter "to trot, to go," from Frankish *trotton, from Proto-Germanic *trott- (cognates: Old High German trotton "to tread"), derivative of *tred- (see tread (v.)). The trots "diarrhea" is recorded from 1808 (compare the runs).


"go at a quick, steady pace," late 14c., from Old French troter "to trot, to go," from Frankish *trotton (see trot (n.)). Italian trottare, Spanish trotar also are borrowed from Germanic. To trot (something) out originally (1838) was in reference to horses; figurative sense of "produce and display for admiration" is slang first recorded 1845. Related: Trotted; trotting.


n. 1 (context archaic disparaging English) An ugly old woman, a hag.“[ Trot]”, entry in '''2008''', Anatolij Simonovič Liberman, ''An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology: An Introduction'', page 208. (From 1362.) 2 (context chiefly of horses English) A gait of a four-legged animal between walk and canter, a diagonal gait (in which diagonally opposite pairs of legs move together). 3 A gait of a person faster than a walk. 4 A toddler. (From 1854.) 5 (context obsolete English) A young animal. (From 1895.) 6 (context dance English) A moderately rapid dance. 7 (context mildly disparaging English) (short for Trotskyist English) 8 (context Australia obsolete English) A succession of heads thrown in a game of two-up. 9 (context Australia New Zealand with "good" or "bad" English) A run of luck or fortune. 10 (cx dated slang among students English) (synonym of horse English) (qualifier illegitimate study aid English) vb. 1 To walk rapidly. 2 (context intransitive of a horse English) To move at a gait between a walk and a canter. 3 (context transitive English) To cause to move, as a horse or other animal, in the pace called a trot; to cause to run without galloping or cantering.

  1. n. a slow pace of running [syn: jog, lope]

  2. radicals who support Trotsky's theory that socialism must be established throughout the world by continuing revolution [syn: Trotskyite, Trotskyist]

  3. a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly) [syn: pony, crib]

  4. a gait faster than a walk; diagonally opposite legs strike the ground together

  5. [also: trotting, trotted]

  1. v. run at a moderately swift pace [syn: jog, clip]

  2. ride at a trot

  3. cause to trot; "She trotted the horse home"

  4. [also: trotting, trotted]


The trot is a two-beat diagonal gait of the horse where the diagonal pairs of legs move forward at the same time with a moment of suspension between each beat. It has a wide variation in possible speeds, but averages about . A very slow trot is sometimes referred to as a jog. An extremely fast trot has no special name, but in harness racing, the trot of a Standardbred is faster than the gallop of the average non- racehorse, and has been clocked at over .

June 29, 2014 at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania the Swedish standardbred Sebastian K ran a mile in 1 minute, 49 seconds(quarters where passed at 26:2, 55:3 and 1,21:4)This is equivalent to a 1000-pace in 1.07,7 or 53,14 kilometers per hour or 33 miles per hour.

From the standpoint of the balance of the horse, the trot is a very stable gait and does not require the horse to make major balancing motions with its head and neck. Due to its many variations, the trot is a common gait that the horse is worked in for dressage.

Eadweard Muybridge was the first to prove, by photography, in 1872 that there is a "moment of suspension" or "unsupported transit" during the trot gait.

Trot (music)

Trot ( Korean 트로트 teuroteu; sometimes called 뽕짝 ppongjjak due to its distinctive background rhythm) is a genre of Korean pop music, and is recognized as the oldest form of Korean pop music. Formulated during the Japanese rule in the early 1900s, the genre has been influenced by Japanese, Western and Korean musical elements. Also, the genre has adopted different names, such as yuhaengga, ppongjjak, and most recently teuroteu (the Korean pronunciation of the word trot). While the genre’s popularity declined during the 1990s, most recently, it has been subject to revivals by contemporary South Korean pop artists such as Jang Yoon Jeong, Super Junior-T and BIGBANG member Daesung.

The name derives from a shortening of " foxtrot", a ballroom dance which influenced the simple two-beat of elements of the genre. Trot music is described as two-beat rhythm or duple rhythm, traditional seven-five syllabic stanzas, and unique vocal style called Gagok.

Trot (lai)

Trot is an anonymous Breton lai. It tells the story of a knight who happens upon maidens riding through the forest, and from them, he learns the importance of love.

Trot (disambiguation)

A trot is a type of symmetrical gait in the horse and other animals.

Trot may also refer to:

  • Trot (music), a genre of Korean pop music
  • Trot (Oz), a character from the Oz books of L. Frank Baum
  • Trot (lai), a medieval Old French poem
  • A trotline, a heavy fishing line
  • Informal (often pejorative) term for a Trotskyist

Trots may refer to:

  • Diarrhea
  • Harness racing
  • A literal translation of a foreign text

Trot as a given name may refer to:

  • Trot Nixon (born 1974), American baseball player
Trot (Oz)

Trot is a fictional character in L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz.

Trot is introduced in the novel, The Sea Fairies (1911) and first appears in an Oz book in The Scarecrow of Oz (1915). Trot is a little girl with big solemn eyes and an earnest, simple manner. Her real name is Mayre Griffiths. It was said that she had been marked on the forehead at birth by fairies with their invisible mystic signs. Her father, Captain Charlie Griffiths, is almost always out to sea. She and Cap'n Bill, for whom Charlie was once first mate, are the closest of friends, and they live at her mother's boarding house on the California coast. They get trapped by way of a whirlpool that deposits them in a cavern deep under the sea, and meet a strange flying creature called the Ork, which carries them to Jinxland, a country on the other side of the Deadly Desert. Trot and Cap'n Bill have many wonderful adventures in the Land of Oz including getting their feet "rooted" while searching for a gift for Princess Ozma's birthday. Trot is one of Dorothy Gale and Princess Ozma's best friends.

She is also the main child protagonist of Ruth Plumly Thompson's Kabumpo in Oz and The Giant Horse of Oz.

In Kabumpo in Oz, her doll, Peg Amy, turns out to be the enchanted form of the Princess of Sun-Top Mountain. Peg Amy marries Prince Pompadore of Pumperdink, and in The Purple Prince of Oz, they are shown with a daughter, Princess Pajonia of Pumperdink.

In The Giant Horse of Oz, she is made a princess of the Ozure Isles as thanks for her help in restoring the Munchkin queen Orin to her royal husband and son. In this book, it is stated that Trot arrived in Oz and stopped aging at ten, the same age as Prince Philador of the Ozure Isles. Based on L. Frank Baum's statement that Trot is one year younger than Dorothy Gale and that Dorothy is one year younger than Betsy Bobbin, we get the other characters' ages through backward reasoning, but since this information is derived from two different authors, it is canon, but not necessarily true to Baum's intentions.

Eric Shanower and Glenn Ingersoll wrote a novella titled Trot of Oz, published in Oz-story Magazine in 2000. Trot also has a key role in Rachel Cosgrove Payes's The Wicked Witch of Oz.

Usage examples of "trot".

Mallet strode five paces behind the big Napan woman, Spindle trotting at his heels, followed by Antsy, with Trotts a dozen paces back as rearguard.

After they passed, we trotted west into an Arco station that had one of those little Minimart places.

They obeyed immediately, Assh surreptitiously trotting ahead and busying himself sniffing amongst the piles of refuse that lined the street, and Frey dropping back and crossing to the other side to do the same.

Captain Barker, left alone, rearranged his neckcloth, contemplated his crooked legs for a moment with some disgust, and began to trot up and down the grass-plot, whistling the while with great energy and no regard for tune.

Dy Ferrej had the pleasure of trotting out an old tale or two for a new audience, which Ista could not begrudge him.

CHAPTER LX That same afternoon, Lady Bellamy ordered out the victoria with the fast trotting horse, and drove to the Abbey House.

Fenellan eyed benevolently the worthy attorney, whose innermost imp burst out periodically, like a Dutch clocksentry, to trot on his own small grounds for thinking himself of the community of the man of the world.

Karenja took the glass and headed off at a trot, while Sloane pulled his pack off and took out a piece of biltong and began chewing laboriously on it.

Under normal circumstances, it took a great deal of encouragement to get Blotchy to move at anything beyond a jolting trot.

She gave Bounder his head and let him cover the distance at his own rough trot.

The Dervish ranks rolled forward, the horses trotting and the camels pacing steadily, the men upon their backs brandishing their weapons and chanting their war cries.

He trotted up the stone stairs, and the scuffling sound of his shoes faded upwards into the world of men, and Brat was left alone with the past.

Lukien waved his lieutenants forward, and Trager and Breck trotted out of the mass.

Savage swung down the winding walk toward the estate gate, and Bill Browder trotted at his side.

Nurse stripped off her wet habit, and huddled her into a dressing-gown, and made her sit by the fire, while she herself bustled about, first trotting off to mix a cordial, which she made Venetia drink, then rubbing her chilled feet, tidying the room, laying out an evening-gown, and all the time talking, talking, but never waiting for answers, and only looking at Venetia out of the corners of her sharp old eyes.