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1. A smooth three-beat gait of a horse that is slower than a gallop but faster than a trot, in which the feet touch the ground in the three-beat sequence of near hind foot, off hind foot and near front foot, off front foot.
2. A ride on a horse moving with this gait.
v. can·tered, can·ter·ing, can·ters
To go or move at a canter.
To cause (a horse) to go at a canter.

[Ultimately from phrases such as Canterbury gallop, after CanterburyEngland, toward which pilgrims rode at an easy pace.]
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Adj.1.cantering - riding at a gait between a trot and a gallop; "the cantering soldiers"
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They quickly provided themselves with a deer and made great preparations to cook it over a small fire, when a little dust was seen blowing along the highway, and out of it came the portly Bishop cantering along with ten men-at-arms at his heels.
Florid, with white hair, the face of an old Jupiter, and the figure of an old fox-hunter, he enlivened the vale of Thyme from end to end on his big, cantering chestnut.
He slowly lifted his rifle and catching a glimpse of the thickspread field he blazed at a cantering cluster.
I say 'we,' for I am certain that I accompanied them though how I managed to keep up with a cantering lion I am wholly unable to explain.
I have ruined myself, my friend, ruined myself for the restoration of this young prince who has just passed, cantering on his isabelle colored horse.
Mahbub Ali was in town selling horses, and to him the Colonel confided the affair one morning cantering round Annandale racecourse.
The mothers and the cubs were cantering off to their lairs; for when the pheeal cries it is no time for weak things to be abroad.