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Meaning of CANTER

Pronunciation:  'kantur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a smooth 3-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop
  2. [v]  ride at a canter; "The men cantered away"
  3. [v]  ride at a cantering pace; "He cantered the horse across the meadow"
  4. [v]  go at a canter, of horses

CANTER is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: lope
 See Also: gait, pace, ride, ride horseback, sit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Can"ter\, n. [An abbreviation of Caner bury. See
    Canterbury gallop, under {Canterbury}.]
    1. A moderate and easy gallop adapted to pleasure riding.
    Note: The canter is a thoroughly artificial pace, at first
          extremely tiring to the horse, and generally only to be
          produced in him by the restraint of a powerful bit,
          which compels him to throw a great part of his weight
          on his haunches . . . There is so great a variety in
          the mode adopted by different horses for performing the
          canter, that no single description will suffice, nor
          indeed is it easy . . . to define any one of them. --J.
          H. Walsh.
    2. A rapid or easy passing over.
             A rapid canter in the Times over all the topics.
                                                   --Sir J.
  2. \Can"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cantered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Cantering}.]
    To move in a canter.
  3. \Can"ter\, v. t.
    To cause, as a horse, to go at a canter; to ride (a horse) at
    a canter.
  4. \Cant"er\, n.
    1. One who cants or whines; a beggar.
    2. One who makes hypocritical pretensions to goodness; one
       who uses canting language.
             The day when he was a canter and a rebel.
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