Canter Can"ter (k[a^]n"t[~e]r), n. [An abbreviation of Canterbury. See Canterbury gallop, under {Canterbury}.] 1. A moderate and easy gallop adapted to pleasure riding. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

2. A rapid or easy passing over. [1913 Webster]

A rapid canter in the Times over all the topics. --Sir J. Stephen. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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