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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gallop \Gal"lop\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Galloped; p. pr. & vb. n. Galloping.] [OE. galopen, F. galoper, of German origin; cf. assumed Goth. ga-hlaupan to run, OHG. giloufen, AS. gehle['a]pan to leap, dance, fr. root of E. leap, and a prefix; or cf. OFlem. walop a gallop. See Leap, and cf. 1st Wallop.] 1. To move or run in the mode called a gallop; as a horse; to go at a gallop; to run or move with speed. [1913 Webster] But gallop lively down the western hill. --Donne. [1913 Webster] 2. To ride a horse at a gallop. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: To go rapidly or carelessly, as in making a hasty examination. [1913 Webster] Such superficial ideas he may collect in galloping over it. --Locke. [1913 Webster]