amble

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v amble walk leisurely
    • n amble a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Amble A movement like the amble of a horse.
    • Amble A peculiar gait of a horse, in which both legs on the same side are moved at the same time, alternating with the legs on the other side. "A fine easy amble ."
    • Amble To go at the easy gait called an amble; -- applied to the horse or to its rider.
    • Amble To move somewhat like an ambling horse; to go easily or without hard shocks. "The skipping king, he ambled up and down.""Sir, your wit ambles well; it goes easily."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • amble To move with the peculiar pace of a horse when it first lifts the two legs on one side, and then the two on the other; hence, to move easily and gently, without hard shocks.
    • amble To ride an ambling horse; ride at an easy pace.
    • amble Figuratively, to move affectedly.
    • n amble A peculiar gait of a horse or like animal, in which both legs on one side are moved at the same time; hence, easy motion; gentle pace. Also called pace (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Amble am′bl to move as a horse by lifting together both legs on one side alternately with those on the other side: to move at an easy pace affectedly
    • n Amble a pace of a horse between a trot and a walk
    • n Amble and adj. Am′bling
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ambler, to amble, fr. L. ambulare, to walk, in LL., to amble, perh. fr. amb-, ambi-, and a root meaning to go,: cf. Gr. to go, E. base,. Cf. Ambulate

Usage

In literature:

I could go to sleep on mine, and trust it to keep ambling along.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
She ambled around and brought back the news.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
You'll go ambling up to some man and he'll blow you up.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
And there is Herr Carovius, ambling along.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Mine is a quiet amble along a country road by comparison.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Tom McHale ambled into Coldstream one afternoon, and dropped his pony's reins behind the station.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Ambling off towards the forest is a great avenue flanked with high overhanging shade trees known as the Allee Racine.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
And behind it, now at a canter, now at a panting trot, ambles the portly form of Mr. Heriot Walkingshaw.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
He will amble along if you give him his head.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Presently he came ambling along and scrambled into the orifice, turning his body sidewise, as he had done before.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
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In poetry:

We amble along the highway;
The reeking, powdery dust
Ascends and cakes our faces
With a striped, sweaty crust.
"The Day's March" by Robert Nichols
We amble along the highway;
The reeking, powdery dust
Ascends and cakes our faces,
With a striped, sweaty crust.
"The Approach" by Robert Nichols
And when they heard that happy word,
Policemen leapt and ambled:
The busmen pranced, the maidens danced,
The men in bowlers gambolled.
"The Ballad of Hampstead Heath" by James Elroy Flecker
Not a sign of life we rouse
In any square close-shuttered house
That flanks the road we amble down
Toward far trenches through the town.
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols
And I may amble pleasantly
And hear my neighbors list their bones
And click my tongue in sympathy,
And count the cracks in paving-stones.
"Story Of Mrs. W-" by Dorothy Parker
Shaded by a tree in the lush woodland,
As let his thoughts amble forward,
Buddha felt oneness with brilliant-blue Nature.
He witnessed a moonlight full of splendor.
Which injected life into every meditation
And merged with every Nirvana.
"Is Thought A Design Of A Sort, Then?" by Sakutaro Hagiwara

In news:

Alex Amble, 16, and his 11-year-old brother, Pasha, will exhibit and sell their artwork at their home at 6318 Crackleberry Trail.
It's an enjoyable amble, but certainly no juicy tell-all, according to freelancer Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett.
The Greenway Celebration is tonight at 5:30, skate, pedal or just amble on down to Romero Park.
Guldemond, Harlaut, Torres, Ambül take top spots at 2012 Freestyle .ch.
A hungry chap ambling through the International District can walk into Jade Garden be seated at a table, and have five different piping-hot Cantonese delicacies plopped in front of him, all in under three minutes.
Amble through a stand of ash trees or a dying apple orchard after a downpour and you'll find them—pods of creviced, yellow morels , their hollow caps a ruse for delicate, loamy flavor.
We halfway expected Willie to amble through the door of this counter-order space shared with the Foundry, the bar next door.
After lunch today I ambled down to Spur (San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association) to see how they, and the Great Street Initiative, were celebrating Parking Day.
Do your attendees just amble into the general sessions, grab a seat and wait for the fun to begin.
There's an ambling gait to John Jeremiah Sullivan's voice, at least over the phone from his home in Wilmington, N.C.
(AP) — Every Tuesday during the fall, Joe Paterno ambles into the media room at Beaver Stadium, settles into his seat and holds court.
Toting her backpack after Wednesday's final bell rung, a Suitland High School student ambled through the cozy library, chatting with a peer.
On a warm October day at the Harriet Tubman Susan B Anthony Center on Springfield's east side, 30 to 40 young men and boys dressed in gym clothes amble into a narrow room that seems to double as storage space.
It's much more exciting to imagine your dinner frolicking in the sea than ambling through a field.
Other times we amble through markets, take a food class, or attend a wine festival.
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