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1. An upward leap made by a trained horse without going forward and with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap.
2. A playful leap or jump; a caper.
intr.v. cap·ri·oled, cap·ri·ol·ing, cap·ri·oles
To perform a capriole.
[French, from Italian capriola, somersault, from capriolo, roebuck, wild goat, from Latin capreolus, diminutive of caper, capr-, goat.]
1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) dressage a high upward but not forward leap made by a horse with all four feet off the ground
2. (Ballet) dancing a leap from bent knees
3. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) (intr) to perform a capriole
4. (Ballet) (intr) to perform a capriole
[C16: from French, from Old Italian capriola, from capriolo roebuck, from Latin capreolus, caper goat]
n., v. -oled, -ol•ing. n.
1. a caper or leap.
2. a movement in manège in which the horse jumps completely off the ground, kicks its hind legs out horizontally in the air, and then lands again on the same spot.v.i.
3. to execute a capriole.
[1570–80; < Middle French < Italian capriola, n. derivative of capriolare to leap < Latin capreolus <capre(a) roe deer]
Past participle: caprioled
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|Noun||1.||capriole - (dressage) a vertical jump of a trained horse with a kick of the hind legs at the top of the jump|
jumping, jump - the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground; "he advanced in a series of jumps"; "the jumping was unexpected"
dressage - maneuvers of a horse in response to body signals by the rider
|2.||capriole - a playful leap or hop|
|Verb||1.||capriole - perform a capriole, of horses in dressage|
|2.||capriole - perform a capriole, in ballet|
dance - move in a graceful and rhythmical way; "The young girl danced into the room"