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.
- 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.
Origin of stride
Synonyms for stride
Examples from the Web for stride
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of 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
verb strides, striding, strode or stridden
Word Origin 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.
see hit one's stride; make great strides; take in stride.