- simple past tense of stride.
- 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 strode
A 25-year-old man named Alexander Cooper strode up the sidewalk holding his 3-year-old daughter, Alexis, by the hand.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
He recalled being angry and trying to keep his composure as he strode past Cosby into the front hall.‘I Saved My Friend From Bill Cosby’
December 3, 2014
Gripping a stone the size of a grapefruit, he strode toward Ueli Steck, a Swiss climber who had offended him.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
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March 30, 2014
She signed the papers and strode out of the office without a “handshake or a glance” despite making millions on the deal.Food Fight! The Seven Biggest Rivalries Inside the Food Network
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She strode before the cameras in the course of kiddie car pooling.Petraeus Affair Stereotypes: The General, The Flirt And The Harlot
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He grew pale with passion, turned on his heel, and strode away.Brave and Bold
He flung out of the room on to the terrace and strode away in a rage.
He smote his palm with his clenched fist and strode about the little room.
He strode past Mart into the wretched room, and looked at the bed in the corner.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The old soldiers and Hordle John strode off together in all good fellowship.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the past tense of stride
- 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 strode
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.