• WordNet 3.6
    • adj walk-on not capable of or especially not involving speech or spoken lines "had a nonspeaking role in the play"
    • n walk-on plays a small part in a dramatic production
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dumas walks along the dockside with the vulture on a leash Dumas walks along the dockside with the vulture on a leash
pipit walking on the ground pipit walking on the ground
lark walking on the ground lark walking on the ground
walking on the pavement walking on the pavement
bug walking on water bug walking on water
Otelne Walks on Snow Shoes Otelne Walks on Snow Shoes
Woman on horseback with man and dog walking Woman on horseback with man and dog walking


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't look back, just keep on walking.”
  • Voltaire
    “Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
  • Michael Korda
    “Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.”
  • Stan Smith
    Stan Smith
    “When you walk on a court, clear your mind of everything unrelated to the goal of playing the match as well as you can.”
  • Malcolm De Chazal
    Malcolm De Chazal
    “The idealist walks on tiptoe, the materialist on his heels.”
  • Mark Hellinger
    Mark Hellinger
    “Every murder turns on a bright hot light, and a lot of people have to walk out of the shadows.”


Walk on eggshells - If you have to walk on eggshells when with someone, you have to be very careful because they get angry or offended very easily.('Walk on eggs' is also used.)
Walking on air - If you are walking on air, you are so happy that you feel as if you could float.
Walking on broken glass - When a person is punished for something. e.g. 'She had me walking on broken glass.'


In literature:

They walked on some way in silence.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
Sigurd answered nothing, but walked on quickly.
"Boycotted" by Talbot Baines Reed
The sheriff took a place by his side, and the father and son walked on toward the jail.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
Sometimes we walked on for a considerable distance in silence.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
However, restraining her quick impulses within the bounds of propriety, she walked on.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
They walked on, till they came in sight of the bare little church of Ballochcoil.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
He grunted and walked on.
"Salthaven" by W. W. Jacobs
He got up and walked on to the end of the pier.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
Still the woman walked on.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
Lavender stockings, speaking in generalities, are reminders that good and evil walk on equally comely legs.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht

In poetry:

Yea, now are walking on the ground
Sons of the mingled brood;
Yea, now upon the earth are found
Such daughters of the Good.
"To My Sister: On Her Twenty-First Birthday" by George MacDonald
"Oh, bear me thither! Let me look
On Siloa's pool, and Kedron's brook;
Kneel at Gethsemane, and by
Gennesaret walk, before I die!
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And so I walked, but not alone,
Right glad companionship had I,
On that gray meadow waste between
Dim-litten sea and winnowed sky.
"Companioned" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Yet the rainbow will return,
And the Spring will come once more;
But the fair whose flight we mourn,
Walks on Death's Elysian shore.
"Lines - II" by James Avis Bartley
Then as I saw the angel on the right,
Lo! with dejected pace
He walk'd, but now his form had lost its light
And splendour; all his face
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
"I cannot doubt, if thou hadst been
Among the highly favored men
Who walked on earth with Fenelon,
He would have owned thee as his son;
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Bacterial gunk walks on surfaces, scientists find.
Wear rubber-soled shoes when walking on the roof.
President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Cleveland, Ohio October 5, 2012.
Sugar Grove Christian School (SGCS) laced up for its 4th Annual 5k & 1 Mile Run /Walk on Saturday, October 20.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday of complications from heart surgery.
Adam Jones and Molly Moorman had the fastest times at this year's Freedom 5K Run/Walk on July 7.
Armstrong will always be remembered for taking the first walk on the moon, a feat that almost didn't happen.
Have you ever walked on the Mitchell Trail after the Cerro Grande fire of 2000.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan walks on Capitol Hill in Washington in this photo taken May 20, 2010.
Some of the best players in the world made it feel like a walk on the beach Thursday in the PGA Championship.
It started with Jesus learning of John the Baptist's death and ended with him walking on water.
Walk on the wild side.
Keri Butcher, 43, of Knoxville, walks on stage to hug Paul McCartney during sound check at a concert in Las Vegas this summer.
Winthrop University's next president might have to be one "who walks on water," one 1950's Winthrop alumna said on Friday afternoon.
Working Out With—Geri Fallo Power walking on the waterfront.

In science:

An important parameter of random walks on finite graph is the mixing time of the random walk.
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster
This is the case of random walks adapted to Cayley graphs or of the simple random walk on quasi transitive graphs.
Classification on the average of random walks
For random walks on Zd , the fact that P kP[Xk = 0] < ∞ for d ≥ 5 is equivalent to the fact that two simple random walks on Zd will intersect each other finitely often in dimensions 5 and higher.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Consider random walks on Fg of length n, and let mn be the probability measure on Fg given by the endpoints of such walks.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
These were improved by Barlow : The return probability of the simple random walk on the infinite percolation cluster in Zd has the same asymptotic quenched and annealed estimates as the random walk on the original graph (see also Heicklen and Hoffmann, in which the upper bound has an extra logarithmic factor).
An interlacing technique for spectra of random walks and its application to finite percolation clusters