Verb canter Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(intransitive) To move at such pace. (intransitive) To cause to move at a canter; to ride (a horse) at a canter.

More definition: easy gallop. move or ride at a canter.

1.a person who is much given to the use of cant.

1.a salient angle.

2.a sudden movement that tilts or overturns a thing.

3.a slanting or tilted position. oblique line or surface, as one formed by cutting off the corner of a square of cube. oblique or slanting face of anything.

6.Civil Engineering. bank1 (def 6).

7.a sudden pitch or toss.

8.Also called flitch. a partly trimmed log.

9.oblique or slanting. bevel; form an oblique surface upon. 1 put in an oblique position; tilt; tip. 1 throw with a sudden jerk.
1 take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.

1.hearty; merry.

1. an easy three-beat gait of horses, etc, between a trot and a gallop in speed

2. at a canter, easily; without effort, he won at a canter verb

3. to move or cause to move at a canter Word OriginC18, short for Canterbury trot, the supposed pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury cant1 /kænt/ noun
1. insincere talk, esp concerning religion or morals; pious platitudes

2. stock phrases that have become meaningless through repetition

3. specialized vocabulary of a particular group, such as thieves, journalists, or lawyers; jargon

4. singsong whining speech, as used by beggars verb

5. (intransitive) to speak in or use cant Derived Formscanter, nouncantingly, adverb Word OriginC16, probably via Norman French canter to sing, from Latin cantāre; used disparagingly, from the 12th century, of chanting in religious services cant2 /kænt/ noun
1. inclination from a vertical or horizontal plane; slope; slant

2. a sudden movement that tilts or turns something

3. the angle or tilt thus caused

4. a corner or outer angle, esp of a building

5. an oblique or slanting surface, edge, or line verb (transitive)

6. to tip, tilt, or overturn, esp with a sudden jerk

7. to set in an oblique position

8. another word for bevel (sense 1) adjective

9. oblique; slanting

10. having flat surfaces and without curves Derived Formscantic, adjective Word OriginC14 (in the sense, edge, corner), perhaps from Latin canthus iron hoop round a wheel, of obscure origin cant3 /kɑːnt/ adjective
1. (Scot & Northern English, dialect) lusty; merry; hearty Word OriginC14, related to Low German kant bold, merryCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1706, from a contraction of Canterbury gallop (1630s), "easy pace at which pilgrims ride to Canterbury" (q.v.). Related, Cantered; cantering.
1755, from canter (v.).
"insincere talk," 1709, earlier it was slang for "whining of beggars" (1640s), from the verb in this sense (1560s), from Old North French canter (Old French chanter) "to sing, chant," from Latin cantare, frequentative of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Sense in English developed after 1680 to mean the jargon of criminals and vagabonds, thence applied contemptuously by any sect or school to the phraseology of its rival.... Slang is universal, whilst Cant is restricted in usage to certain classes of the community, thieves, vagrom men, and -- well, their associates. ... Slang boasts a quasi-respectability denied to Cant, though Cant is frequently more enduring, its use continuing without variation of meaning for many generations. [John S. Farmer, Forewords to "Musa Pedestris," 1896] "slope, slant," late 14c., Scottish, "edge, brink," from Old North French cant "corner" (perhaps via Middle Low German kante or Middle Dutch kant), from Vulgar Latin *canthus, from Latin cantus "iron tire of a wheel," possibly from a Celtic word meaning "rim of wheel, edge" (cf. Welsh cant "bordering of a circle, tire, edge," Breton cant "circle"), from PIE *kam-bo- "corner, bend," from root *kemb- "to bend, turn, change" (cf. Greek kanthos "corner of the eye," Russian kutu "corner").


One of her riders urged his horse into a canter and approached, while she halted her horse, disguised among the men.

To start the canter, which should always be done from the walk and not the trot, take up the curb rein a little and turn the horse's head slightly to the right, at the same time pressing the left leg behind the girth; the horse will then lead with the off (right) fore leg, which is generally preferred; but a well-broken hack should lead with either leg at command, and if he be cantered in a circle to the left he must lead with the near leg, as otherwise an ugly fall is likely to result from the leg being crossed.

A large proportion of men who follow hounds are quite content to do so passively through gates and gaps, with a canter along the road whenever one is available.

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