• WordNet 3.6
    • v trot run at a moderately swift pace
    • v trot cause to trot "She trotted the horse home"
    • v trot ride at a trot
    • n trot a gait faster than a walk; diagonally opposite legs strike the ground together
    • n trot a slow pace of running
    • n trot a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
    • n Trot radicals who support Trotsky's theory that socialism must be established throughout the world by continuing revolution
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A farmer went trotting upon his Grey Mare A farmer went trotting upon his Grey Mare

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits never walk or trot, but always hop or leap.
    • Trot Fig.: A jogging pace, as of a person hurrying.
    • Trot Fig.: To run; to jog; to hurry. "He that rises late must trot all day, and will scarcely overtake his business at night."
    • Trot One who trots; a child; a woman. "An old trot with ne'er a tooth."
    • Trot The pace of a horse or other quadruped, more rapid than a walk, but of various degrees of swiftness, in which one fore foot and the hind foot of the opposite side are lifted at the same time. "The limbs move diagonally in pairs in the trot ."
    • v. t Trot To cause to move, as a horse or other animal, in the pace called a trot; to cause to run without galloping or cantering.
    • Trot To proceed by a certain gait peculiar to quadrupeds; to ride or drive at a trot. See Trot n.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trot To go at a quick, steady pace; run; go.
    • trot Specifically, to go at the quick, steady pace known as a trot. See trot, n., 2, and trotter.
    • trot To cause to trot; ride at a trot.
    • trot To ride over or about at a trot.
    • trot To use a “pony” or some similar means in studying; “pony”: as, to trot a lesson. [College slang, U. S.]
    • n trot Quick, steady movement; “go”: as, to keep one on the trot all day.
    • n trot A gait faster than the walk and slower than the run. In the trot of bipeds both feet are alternately off the ground at the same time for an interval in each step; in that of quadrupeds, in a very slow trot there is always one foot on the ground, a part of the time two feet, and a part of the time three. If fast, there are two intervals in each stride when all the feet are off the ground (the stride being the distance in time or space between the successive points on the ground touched by the same foot), the horse leaving the ground from the hind feet in succession, while in the run he leaves the ground from a fore foot. In the trot the limbs move in pairs, diagonally but not quite simultaneously, even in the “square trot.” If the difference becomes considerable, it constitutes “single-footing”; if the difference becomes so great that the action is reversed, and the pair of limbs on the same side move together, it becomes “pacing.” While the trot is naturally a slower gait than the run, it has become the instinctive fast gait in certain breeds of horses. See trotter, and cut in preceding column.
    • n trot A toddling child; in general, a child: a term of endearment.
    • n trot A “pony”; a “crib.”
    • n trot A trot-line.
    • n trot A small line that sets off from the main trot-line, to The extreme end of which the hook is fastened. See trotline.
    • n trot An old woman: a term of disparagement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Trot trot to go, lifting the feet quicker and higher than in walking: to walk or move fast: to run
    • v.t Trot to ride at a trot:—pr.p. trot′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. trot′ted
    • n Trot the pace of a horse or other quadruped when trotting: a toddling child:
    • n Trot trot (Shak.) an old woman.
    • n Trot (slang) a crib, translation
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  • Gypsy Proverb
    Gypsy Proverb
    “The dog that trots about finds a bone.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “He that rises late must trot all day.”


Hot to trot - If someone is hot to trot, they are sexually aroused or eager to do something.
On the trot - (UK) This idiom means 'consecutively'; I'd saw them three days on the trot, which means that I saw them on three consecutive days.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trotten, OF. troter, F. trotter,; probably of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. tread,; cf. OHG. trottn, to tread. See Tread


In literature:

The lion trotted round the sarcophagus, sniffing.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
She trotted up to her sister, and gave her her hand as she spoke.
"A Little Mother to the Others" by L. T. Meade
A horseman, cloaked and muffled to the ears, trotted warily towards us.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
A low whistle, however, brought one of the other scouts trotting in to the rescue.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
You trot along with Mr. Orton, and let him help you get the things you need.
"Honey-Sweet" by Edna Turpin
Behind him trotted a lad, trailing a rug.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
I peered through the trees and saw a squadron of cavalry trotting towards me.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
At last we started at a quick trot along a white and dusty road which led straight across fields still bathed in shadow.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
Then she trots away, planning her hunt, till she disappears down by the brook.
"Ways of Wood Folk" by William J. Long
Pretty soon I met a troop of cavalry from Fort Bayard on the trot for Separ.
"Emerson's Wife and Other Western Stories" by Florence Finch Kelly

In poetry:

Girls riding nim-nim-nim,
Ladies, trot-trot,
Gentlemen hard at gallop,
Shouting, steam-hot.
"Fox's Dingle" by Robert Graves
With a sweet perplexity,
And a mystery pretty,
Threading through Threadneedle Street,
Trots the little KITTY.
"A Doe In The City" by William Makepeace Thackeray
So, "Fair and softly!" John he cried,
But John he cried in vain;
That trot became a gallop soon,
In spite of curb and rein.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
I offered him a trotting horse -
No hack had ever trotted faster -
I also offered him, of course,
A rare and curious "old master."
"The Folly of Brown -" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Awhile she ceased; for memory's flow
Had drowned the utterance of woe;
Until a young hind crossed the lawn,
And fondly trotted forth her fawn,
Whose frolics of delight made Eve,
As in a weeping vision, grieve.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Old Mother Laidinwool she give her bones a shake
An 'trotted back to churchyard-mould as fast as she could make.
She went where she was bidden to an' there laid down her ghost, . . .
An' the Lord have mercy on you in the Day you need it most!
"Old Mother Laidinwool" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Warner Road Turkey Trot honors late Carneys Point police chief, fallen Millville patrolman .
Enlarge Jesse U Bair/South Jersey Times The second annual Warner Road Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
Services for Mary Edith Peeler , 85, of Possom Trot formerly of Melber were Sept 25 at Brown Funeral Home in Mayfield.
It also says here that if it's not the former Massachusetts governor, then it will be a fairly dark horse –– someone currently trotting way below the radar.
It also says here that if it's not the former Massachusetts governor, then it will be a fairly dark horse -- someone currently trotting way below the radar.
Peyton Astle recorded the fastest time in the Tater Trot 5-kilometer run at Airport Park on Saturday.
Morning News — Bob Hudson Volunteers from the Community Dinner Table put together post-race goodies for Saturday's Tater Trot.
Playmakers Runners at the start of the 2010 Turkeyman Trot.
There's still time to join the CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot, or make donations.
Back on Hill, Dems' Pelosi, GOP's McConnell, smile and trot out freshmen.
Baldwin, Thompson trot out familiar lines.
Demand tops supply for Turkey Trot.
The Mets aren't exactly trotting out their All-Stars for Thursday's nationally televised exhibition game against the Cardinals.
800 runners do the Turkey Trot in Bradenton.
Portland Opera's Globe-trotting Guest Diva.

In science:

To calculate the CO+ column density, we assume optically thin emission and use the Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (LTE) approximation with Trot=10 K.
Detection of CO+ in the nucleus of M82
We perform the standard LTE rotational diagram analysis to derive rotation temperatures (Trot ) and column densities (N) of several molecules for which more than four transitions are detected.
A Spectral Line Survey from 138.3 to 150.7 GHZ toward Orion-KL
The above equation is derived under the assumption that all lines are optically thin, all level populations are characterized by a single Trot (LTE), Trot >> Tbg (background temperature), and that the Rayleigh-Jeans approximation is valid for all transitions (see Turner 1991).
A Spectral Line Survey from 138.3 to 150.7 GHZ toward Orion-KL
This prevents us from inferring confident values of Trot and N.
A Spectral Line Survey from 138.3 to 150.7 GHZ toward Orion-KL
Finally, even if here we focus on the biped gait, the switching among multiple gait patterns like walking, trotting, cantering and galloping of the quadrupeds are expected to be recovered with the appropriate coupling of several nonlinear oscillators as done by Collins et al [19,20].
A Multifractal Dynamical Model of Human Gait