Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
Higher they went, until Ridley and Rachel walked behind; next they turned along a lane scattered with stones, where Mr. Pepper raised his stick and silently indicated a shrub, bearing among sparse leaves a voluminous purple blossom; and at a rickety canter the last stage of the way was accomplished.
1. very large;
2. very long and detailed;
1. in bad condition, unstable, and likely to collapse;
2. a rickety structure or piece of furniture is likely to break if you put any weight on it, often because it is old;