Walk"ing, a. & n. from Walk, v.
Walking beam. See Beam, 10. --
Walking crane, a kind of traveling crane. See under Crane. --
Walking leaf, below. --
(Zol.), any one of numerous species of Asiatic fishes of the genus Ophiocephalus, some of which, as Ophiocephalus marulius, become over four feet long. They have a special cavity over the gills lined with a membrane adapted to retain moisture to aid in respiration, and are thus able to travel considerable distances over the land at night, whence the name. They construct a curious nest for their young. Called also
(Theater), an actor who usually fills subordinate parts which require a gentlemanly appearance but few words.
(Theater), an actress who usually fills such parts as require only a ladylike appearance on the stage.
Walking leaf. (a)
(Bot.) A little American fern (Camptosorus rhizophyllus); -- so called because the fronds taper into slender prolongations which often root at the apex, thus producing new plants. (b)
(Zol.) A leaf insect. See under Leaf. --
Walking ticket, an order to leave; dismissal, as from office; as, to get one's
walking papers, i. e. to be dismissed or fired.
Walking stick. (a) A stick or staff carried in the hand for hand for support or amusement when walking; a cane. (b)
(Zol.) A stick insect; -- called also
walking straw. See Illust. of
Stick insect, under Stick. --
(Mach.), a prime mover consisting of a wheel driven by the weight of men or animals walking either in it or on it; a treadwheel.
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