1. Able to walk, especially in spite of injury or illness.
2. Regarded as having the capabilities or qualities of a specified object: a teacher who is a walking dictionary.
3. Used, intended, or suitable for walking: walking clothes; a walking trail; walking distance.
4. Marked by the act of walking: a walking trip.
5. Guided by a person who walks alongside. Used of a machine or farming tool.
1. The action of one that walks.
2. The state of the surface on which one walks: The walking was treacherous after the ice storm.
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