different between walk vs retropulsion




  • (UK) enPR: wôk, IPA(key): /w??k/
  • (US) enPR: wôk, IPA(key): /w?k/
  • (cotcaught merger) enPR: wäk, IPA(key): /w?k/
  • Rhymes: -??k
  • Homophone: wok (in accents with the cot-caught merger)

Etymology 1

From Middle English walken (to move, roll, turn, revolve, toss), from Old English wealcan (to move round, revolve, roll, turn, toss), ?ewealcan (to go, traverse); and Middle English walkien (to roll, stamp, walk, wallow), from Old English wealcian (to curl, roll up); both from Proto-Germanic *walkan?, *walk?n? (to twist, turn, roll about, full), from Proto-Indo-European *walg- (to twist, turn, move). Cognate with Scots walk (to walk), Saterland Frisian walkje (to full; drum; flex; mill), West Frisian swalkje (to wander, roam), Dutch walken (to full, work hair or felt), Dutch zwalken (to wander about), German walken (to flex, full, mill, drum), Danish valke (to waulk, full), Latin valgus (bandy-legged, bow-legged), Sanskrit ?????? (valgati, amble, bound, leap, dance). More at vagrant and whelk. Doublet of waulk.


walk (third-person singular simple present walks, present participle walking, simple past and past participle walked)

  1. (intransitive) To move on the feet by alternately setting each foot (or pair or group of feet, in the case of animals with four or more feet) forward, with at least one foot on the ground at all times. Compare run.
  2. (intransitive, colloquial, law) To "walk free", i.e. to win, or avoid, a criminal court case, particularly when actually guilty.
  3. (intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic) Of an object, to go missing or be stolen.
  4. (intransitive, cricket, of a batsman) To walk off the field, as if given out, after the fielding side appeals and before the umpire has ruled; done as a matter of sportsmanship when the batsman believes he is out.
  5. (transitive) To travel (a distance) by walking.
  6. (transitive) To take for a walk or accompany on a walk.
  7. (transitive, baseball) To allow a batter to reach base by pitching four balls.
  8. (transitive) To move something by shifting between two positions, as if it were walking.
  9. (transitive) To full; to beat cloth to give it the consistency of felt.
  10. (transitive) To traverse by walking (or analogous gradual movement).
  11. (transitive, aviation) To operate the left and right throttles of (an aircraft) in alternation.
    • 1950, Flying Magazine (volume 46, number 3, page 18)
      Still keeping his tail in the air, Red coaxed the “Airknocker” ahead and as we grasped his struts he slowly retarded the throttle. We walked the plane between two tiedown blocks and not until we had tied the struts did Red cut the switch.
  12. (intransitive, colloquial) To leave, resign.
  13. (transitive) To push (a vehicle) alongside oneself as one walks.
    • 1994, John Forester, Bicycle Transportation: A Handbook for Cycling Transportation Engineers, MIT Press, p.245:
      The county had a successful defense only because the judge kept telling the jury at every chance that the cyclist should have walked his bicycle like a pedestrian.
  14. To behave; to pursue a course of life; to conduct oneself.
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, page 35
      We walk perversely with God, and he will walk crookedly toward us.
  15. To be stirring; to be abroad; to go restlessly about; said of things or persons expected to remain quiet, such as a sleeping person, or the spirit of a dead person.
    • October 9, 1550, Hugh Latimer, sermon preached at Stamford, link
      I heard a pen walking in the chimney behind the cloth.
  16. (obsolete) To be in motion; to act; to move.
    • , link
      Do you think I'd walk in any plot?
  17. (transitive, historical) To put, keep, or train (a puppy) in a walk, or training area for dogfighting.
  18. (transitive, informal, hotel) To move a guest to another hotel if their confirmed reservation is not available on day of check-in.
  • (move upon two feet): See Thesaurus:walk
  • (colloquial: go free): be acquitted, get off, go free
  • (be stolen): be/get stolen; (British) be/get nicked, be/get pinched
  • (beat cloth): full, waulk (obsolete)
  • run
Derived terms
Related terms
  • Chinese Pidgin English: walkee

Etymology 2

From Middle English walk, walke, walc, from Old English *wealc (as in Old English wealcspinl) and ?ewealc (a rolling motion, attack), from Proto-Germanic *walk?. Cognate with Icelandic válk (a rolling around, a tossing to and fro, trouble, distress).


walk (plural walks)

  1. A trip made by walking.
  2. A distance walked.
  3. (sports) An Olympic Games track event requiring that the heel of the leading foot touch the ground before the toe of the trailing foot leaves the ground.
  4. A manner of walking; a person's style of walking.
  5. A path, sidewalk/pavement or other maintained place on which to walk. Compare trail.
  6. (poker) A situation where all players fold to the big blind, as their first action (instead of calling or raising), once they get their cards.
  7. (baseball) An award of first base to a batter following four balls being thrown by the pitcher; known in the rules as a "base on balls".
  8. In coffee, coconut, and other plantations, the space between them.
  9. (Caribbean, Belize, Guyana, Jamaican) An area of an estate planted with fruit-bearing trees.
    • 1755, William Belgrove, A Treatise upon Husbandry or Planting, Boston, p. 14,[2]
      Twenty Acres of Land well kept in a Plantain Walk, will afford a very considerable Support, as Plantains are as hearty a Food as Eddoes, and the Plantain Walk may be a Nursery for declining Slaves, as well as to fatten old Cattle when they are past Labour.
    • 1803, Robert Charles Dallas, The History of the Maroons, London: Longman and Rees, Volume 1, Letter 4, page 80,
      For half a mile from Vaughansfield the road, now a mere track, leads through pastures and a coffee-walk to the foot of a very steep hill []
    • 1961, Wilson Harris, The Far Journey of Oudin, Book 2, Chapter 6, in The Guyana Quartet, London: Faber and Faber, 1985, p. 150,[3]
      One day he knew he would build this identical palace for himself. Not next to the road like now—where the present cottage was—but half a mile inside the coconut walk.
    • 1995, Olive Senior, “Window” in Discerner of Hearts, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, p. 66,[4]
      He couldn’t sleep and took to walking outside at night, to look at the stars, to feel the cool air, and for a long time wasn’t even conscious that he always ended up standing in the darkness of the cocoa walk staring at the shutters of Bridget’s room.
  10. (historical) A place for keeping and training puppies for dogfighting.
  11. (historical) An enclosed area in which a gamecock is confined to prepare him for fighting.
  12. (graph theory) A sequence of alternating vertices and edges, where each edge's endpoints are the preceding and following vertices in the sequence.
  13. (colloquial) Something very easily accomplished; a walk in the park.
    • 1980, Robert Barr, The Coming Out Present (episode of Detective, BBC radio drama; around 16 min 20 sec)
      And for the strongroom itself, he can tell us where to find the combination of the day. We had allowed four hours, Joe, but with this help, once you get us inside, it's a walk! I've been timing it.
  14. (Britain, finance, slang, dated) A cheque drawn on a bank that was not a member of the London Clearing and whose sort code was allocated on a one-off basis; they had to be "walked" (hand-delivered by messengers).
  • (trip made by walking): stroll (slow walk), hike (long walk), trek (long walk)
  • (distance walked): hike (if long), trek (if long)
  • (manner of walking): gait
  • (path): footpath, path, (British) pavement, (US) sidewalk
Derived terms
  • Birdcage Walk
  • sidewalk
  • spacewalk
  • walkthrough, walk-through
Related terms



  • lawk



Borrowed from English waulk.


walk (verbal noun walkal or walkey, past participle walkit)

  1. to full (cloth), waulk, tuck


  • tuck
  • giallee

Derived terms

  • walker (tucker)
  • walkeyder (fuller, tucker)

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • valk
  • vakk
  • wakk


Probably cognate with Modern English watch and wake.



  1. to watch

Related terms

  • wake (a watch, vigil)
  • waken (to wake)
  • wakien (to watch, awake)
  • waknen (to be aroused from sleep)



  • IPA(key): /valk/


walk f

  1. genitive plural of walka

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retro- +? pulsion


retropulsion (countable and uncountable, plural retropulsions)

  1. (medicine) a tendency to step or walk backwards involuntarily, especially as a symptom of Parkinsonism

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