verb (used without object), strode, strid·den [strid-n] /ˈstrɪd n/, strid·ing.

verb (used with object), strode, strid·den [strid-n] /ˈstrɪd n/, strid·ing.



    hit one's stride,
    1. to achieve a regular or steady pace or course.
    2. 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

before 900; (v.) Middle English striden, Old English strīdan; cognate with Dutch strijden, Low German strīden to stride; (noun) Middle English stride, derivative of the v.; akin to straddle
Related formsstrid·er, nounstrid·ing·ly, adverbout·stride, verb (used with object), out·strode, out·strid·den, out·strid·ing.

Synonyms for stride Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stride

Contemporary Examples of stride

Historical Examples of stride

  • With the Porters it was jingle of spurs, and stride of the horse.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Mr Vladimir did not stumble, did not stagger back, did not change his stride.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • At the end of the fourth stride Mr Vladimir felt infuriated and uneasy.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • It must have seemed miraculous to him that we should know already, but he took it all in the stride.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Now they were near the goal, and Leotichides was still leading by a stride.

British Dictionary definitions for 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

verb strides, striding, strode or stridden

(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
Derived Formsstrider, noun

Word Origin for stride

Old English strīdan; related to Old High German strītan to quarrel; see straddle
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with stride


see hit one's stride; make great strides; take in stride.

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