- 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 striding
Some guy was striding around on super-tall stilts, carrying a “Reagan for President sign.”CPAC: Come for the Crazy, Stay for the Party
March 7, 2014
A photograph from the day shows the President and the First Lady then striding past their newest junior host.Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK
November 11, 2013
George W. Bush is back, thumbs in belt loops, striding across the literary world with a new memoir.A Democrat's Guide to Bush's Book
November 10, 2010
Striding out of her dressing room wearing the gray wig that Sidney Guilaroff had made for her, she awaited consensus.Liz Taylor's Secret Life
William J. Mann
October 19, 2009
"I will," said Yates shortly, striding to the horses' heads.In the Midst of Alarms
Now let us have a look at our captive, he said, striding over.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
At the same time Aristide was striding about at home in an uneasy manner.The Fortune of the Rougons
The Colonel, striding furiously forward, observed two things.Captain Blood
Already I was striding to the door, when the Gascon called me back.Bardelys the Magnificent
- 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 striding
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.
Idioms and Phrases with striding
see hit one's stride; make great strides; take in stride.