- to walk with long steps, as with vigor, haste, impatience, or arrogance.
- to take a long step: to stride across a puddle.
- to straddle.
- to walk with long steps along, on, through, over, etc.: to stride the deck.
- to pass over or across in one long step: to stride a ditch.
- to straddle.
- a striding manner or a striding gait.
- a long step in walking.
- (in animal locomotion) the act of progressive movement completed when all the feet are returned to the same relative position as at the beginning.
- the distance covered by such a movement: He was walking a stride or two ahead of the others.
- a regular or steady course, pace, etc.
- a step forward in development or progress: rapid strides in mastering algebra.
- hit one's stride,
- to achieve a regular or steady pace or course.
- to reach the point or level at which one functions most competently and consistently: The quarterback didn't hit his stride until the second half of the game.
- strides, (used with a plural verb) Australian Informal. trousers.
- take in stride, to deal with calmly; cope with successfully: She was able to take her sudden rise to fame in stride.
Origin of stride
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Examples from the Web for stride
Gil turned and saw Muhammad Ali stride out of the stage entrance, smiling and scowling at the same time.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
Once in her stride, she turned her Moomin books into masterpieces of word in consort with image.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
That brassy ploy had caught the Costa Ricans entirely off-guard and had knocked them off their stride.Argentina Drops the Netherlands on Penalties in World Cup Semifinal
July 10, 2014
It may be what helps him take the more frustrating moments in stride.Team USA Lost, but Tim Howard Is a Winner
July 1, 2014
The thing about Malik is he seemed quite comfortable with it, to take it all in his stride.
With the Porters it was jingle of spurs, and stride of the horse.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Mr Vladimir did not stumble, did not stagger back, did not change his stride.
At the end of the fourth stride Mr Vladimir felt infuriated and uneasy.
It must have seemed miraculous to him that we should know already, but he took it all in the stride.
Now they were near the goal, and Leotichides was still leading by a stride.Buried Cities, Part 2
- a long step or pace
- the space measured by such a step
- a striding gait
- an act of forward movement by an animal, completed when the legs have returned to their initial relative positions
- progress or development (esp in the phrase make rapid strides)
- a regular pace or rate of progressto get into one's stride; to be put off one's stride
- rowing the distance covered between strokes
- Also called: stride piano jazz a piano style characterized by single bass notes on the first and third beats and chords on the second and fourth
- (plural) informal, mainly Australian men's trousers
- take something in one's stride to do something without difficulty or effort
- (intr) to walk with long regular or measured paces, as in haste, etc
- (tr) to cover or traverse by stridinghe strode thirty miles
- (often foll by over, across, etc) to cross (over a space, obstacle, etc) with a stride
- (intr) rowing to achieve the desired rhythm in a racing shell
Word Origin and History for stride
Old English stridan "to straddle," from Proto-Germanic *stridanan (cf. Middle Low German strede "stride," Dutch strijd, Old High German strit, German Streit "fight, contention, combat," Old Norse striðr "strong, hard, stubborn, severe"), from root *strid- "to strive, make a strong effort." Meaning "to walk with long or extended steps" is from c.1200. Cognate words in most Germanic languages mean "to fight, struggle;" the notion behind the English usage might be the effort involved in making long strides, striving forward.
"a step in walking," Old English stride, from the root of stride (v.). Figurative meaning in make strides "make progress" is from c.1600. To take (something) in stride (1832), i.e. "without change of gait," originally is of horses leaping hedges in the hunting-field; figurative sense attested from 1902. Jazz music stride tempo is attested from 1938.