Definition of stride in English:

stride

verbstrode, stridden

  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction.

    ‘he strode across the road’
    figurative ‘we are striding confidently towards the future’
    • ‘The thin man slipped between them and fluttered down the steps, striding to the far end of the room.’
    • ‘It might have been because I was gazing wistfully at him as he strode in our direction.’
    • ‘He split away from the group and began striding in our direction, shouting questions.’
    • ‘He ended the conversation abruptly and strode with quick steps back to the helm, which he had secured temporarily on a line.’
    • ‘He gave me a sad smile, dug the heel of his combat boot into the rubbery ground and spun in the opposite direction, striding down the hallway.’
    • ‘Thomas let out an angry huff, and strode in the direction of the stables.’
    • ‘Kaerie left her room and strode down the steps of the stairs in search of Mrs. Norton.’
    • ‘Nodding the redhead turned sharply on his heel and started striding off in the direction indicated by the brunette.’
    • ‘Fifteen minutes later the door opened to reveal the Marquess of Bradford, striding confidently towards him.’
    • ‘Once again Brecht's eyes surveyed the grounds before they settled on a broad shouldered brute of a man who was already striding confidently toward him.’
    • ‘She strode off in the direction of the scream and, abashed but still reluctantly, I chased after her.’
    • ‘She strode swiftly and confidently towards Chris, hands shoved into the pockets of her jeans.’
    • ‘David went deep within himself, met God, and found strength and direction to stride into the way of salvation.’
    • ‘I strode confidently towards it, until I realised that my steep drive now resembled an ice rink.’
    • ‘I turned to find Mrs. Abernathy striding down the steps toward us, looking and sounding harassed and more than a little stressed.’
    • ‘Their festering sexuality squinted at you through their unwashed fringes as they strode in step down the school corridors.’
    • ‘Bross, in the meantime, strode confidently, taking even steps, a ghost of a smile on his face.’
    • ‘Will just gave me a look of such utter wrath and betrayal that I took an involuntary step backwards as he strode towards me.’
    • ‘As quicker walkers stride ahead, the direction of travel is changed putting the faster walkers at the back.’
    • ‘Crouching for breath might be a more appropriate position to assume after striding to the top step.’
    march, stalk, pace, tread, step, walk
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    1. 1.1with object Walk about or along (a street or other place) with long, decisive steps.
      ‘a woman striding the cobbled streets’
      • ‘Pele and Diego Maradona are the two best footballers ever to stride the planet.’
      • ‘One after another, they strode the dais and cracked their favourite jokes and recited couplets.’
      • ‘You might have seen this tall man, hair swept back, with a thick black moustache striding the stage in plays.’
      • ‘Giants of the 1980s, striding the political stage, became the clapped-out bores of the 1990s.’
      • ‘Perhaps even now he is striding the Highlands, walking stick in hand.’
      • ‘He strides both the Harlem and Brooklyn black power bases and is the single most popular politician among both blacks and Hispanics in the streets.’
      • ‘The stranger strode the hallways, scanning the placards outside each door.’
      • ‘As problems at home well up, she diverts attention by striding the world stage.’
      • ‘Throughout all Strauss continued to display magnificent form, and Flintoff strode the various arenas like a colossus.’
      • ‘The number of foreign trips being made by the First Minister is a reflection of his desire to stride the foreign stage.’
      • ‘Down the main street of Cowdenbeath strides Major Bob Ritchie of the Black Watch, an icy wind pulling at the red hackle on his bonnet.’
      • ‘In bright sunshine yesterday, the relaxed minister strode the fairways with thoughts of politics far from his mind.’
      • ‘Especially when one of them is the richest, and potentially the greatest, who ever strode a golf course.’
      • ‘Darren Kelly's leveller just ten minutes from time means City are creeping rather than striding their way to glory.’
  • 2stride across/overno object Cross (an obstacle) with one long step.

    • ‘In the 15 minutes I've been standing here one group of Americans have taken about forty photos, and another proud mum has camcordered her four girls striding across the crossing.’
    • ‘I have an image of living in a country cottage by a babbling brook, striding over the hills with my two black Labradors for a pint in the village inn.’
    • ‘Retired school head, Bill Spray, said the doctor had spent his entire life apart from his five year medical training in Marlborough and ‘was never happier than when striding over the downs’.’
    • ‘So relieved was I to have averted disaster on the tee that, before I had time to see sense, my feet were striding across the sand, and enabling a 7-iron to flick the ball clean off the surface and onto a position just ahead of the green.’
    • ‘He strides across the grounds of the Gleneagles Hotel, resplendent in mustard yellow cords, flat cap and wax jacket, his pruned moustache often twisting up in a smile.’
    • ‘For most of them, the attraction lies not just in the shooting itself, but in the day spent striding over the hills, watching their dogs at work and enjoying the camaraderie that is part and parcel of shooting.’
    • ‘Quoting from HG Wells' science fiction classic The War of the Worlds, the MP said high-tech windfarms were ‘monstrous tripods, striding over young pine trees, and smashing them aside’.’
    • ‘We've seen the training videos, where the long, lean figure in flowing robes strides across a desert landscape, a Kalashnikov under arm.’
    • ‘It was Chris, striding across the lawns towards the canteen, something in his step suggesting a conquering general returning home in triumph.’
    • ‘So, party aides are now striding over the political terrain with a divining rod, trying to find the clear blue water which once separated the two parties back in the days when the party was at its peak popularity.’
    • ‘A man in a flight suit strides over to the closest patient, the black Christian cross badge on his tan uniform indicating his role among the aircrew.’
    • ‘This week, however, Severin strode across an even more telling dividing line.’
    1. 2.1literary with object Bestride.
      ‘new wealth enabled Britain to stride the world once more’
      • ‘The titans of the computer industry stride the media heavens.’
      • ‘It now strides the globe as a banking colossus; albeit one with three legs.’
      • ‘Fifty years later, he strode the scene with his heady compositions.’
      • ‘Sure, as a nation we don't stride the world like giants any more.’
      • ‘At nearly 200 feet, the building is a colossus which strides the entire block between West Nile Street and Renfield Street.’
      • ‘In their time, these two men strode the world stage and influenced innumerable young lives.’

noun

  • 1A long, decisive step.

    ‘he crossed the room in a couple of strides’
    • ‘He said nothing, and turned back to continue his stride down the sidewalk.’
    • ‘I began taking long strides towards the entrance, leaving Josh behind.’
    • ‘I grinned and crossed to the bed in three strides, kissing Black passionately.’
    • ‘Taking long strides towards him was the headmaster, Mr. Bates.’
    • ‘I took slow strides towards the table, looking around, trying to keep my head high, and not freak out.’
    • ‘Taking long strides towards him, Brett was pleasantly surprised to find that he was taller than the model.’
    • ‘He ran to me, his shoes clamoring on the floor ungracefully, as if these few strides towards me would forever determine the rest of his life.’
    • ‘In two bounding strides the woman was in the street, kneeling over her friend.’
    • ‘Talking slow strides towards him, Jane smiled and placed her hands around his neck.’
    • ‘There were clowns on stilts, eerily taking giant strides around the square.’
    • ‘Watching his long strides towards the door, Danielle lets herself smile with maternal affection.’
    • ‘I turn to see Abraham walking towards me in long strides.’
    • ‘His leather packages were draped over the animal's body and they were knocked up and down as the horse took enormous strides towards Jourogn.’
    • ‘He stepped out and took long strides towards the elevator.’
    • ‘Then with a couple of strides of that long gait of his, he had made room in behind McKenna and had only one thing in mind.’
    • ‘‘Belle,’ he said as he stood up and took three long strides towards her.’
    • ‘Consider him: at slow or fast-medium, his approach never varied; two short walking paces, six running strides and a four-foot leap.’
    • ‘In the final few strides the Glaswegian eased past both Richards and Catherine Murthy, the Welshwoman who had previously held the fastest time by a Briton this year.’
    • ‘Ben crossed the room in two short strides and scooped her onto his knee.’
    • ‘He took long, quick strides; his pace as familiar to me as my own.’
    step, long step, large step, pace, footstep
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    1. 1.1in singular The length of a step or manner of taking steps in walking or running.
      ‘the horse shortened its stride’
      ‘he followed her with an easy stride’
      • ‘She walks with the determined stride of a woman who leads from the front.’
      • ‘He then took to walking in a stride towards these fellows, smelling the aroma emanating from the beverage.’
      • ‘Liao walked into a quick stride and Kazuya walked steadily behind her.’
      • ‘This is an efficient way of moving, and also allows an increase in the length of the stride, as well as avoiding the compression of the lungs.’
      • ‘She just took a medium stride and walked back to her home.’
      • ‘With her hair tied back in a bun and a sharp business skirt on, she walked with a stride of confidence.’
      • ‘So I showed them how I walked with the bent-kneed stride of the cattle herder, how I leaned on my staff while talking with my gaze far away as if in search of a straying cow.’
      • ‘Stand with your feet together and step forward with your right, about a long stride's length in front of your left.’
      • ‘In fact I read it in his obituary but it didn't stick because for forty years the lanky man with the loping stride who walked all over town was simply known as Boy.’
      • ‘The decrease is in stride length rather than steps per minute.’
      • ‘He walked with a determined stride, as if he knew where he was going and nothing would stop him from getting there.’
      • ‘After a while her posture lent itself a graceful, long-legged lope when she ran, or a silent stride when she was walking.’
      • ‘With a purposeful stride Eddy walked through the people with an encouraging smile upon her half hidden face.’
      • ‘When she walked, she walked in a stride, sometimes slow, sometimes fast.’
      • ‘He did not run, but he walked with a distance-eating stride.’
      • ‘Where your heel lands is your proper stride length when walking for fitness.’
      • ‘When we reached the village on foot the others went ahead, walking in a purposeful stride toward the synagogue.’
      • ‘One stride out, the horse to the outside angled in giving us a sharp bump.’
      • ‘I carefully flipped my long blond locks out of my face and adopted a confident stride as I walked out of the alley towards the apartment complex.’
      • ‘I brought the book downstairs with me, walking at a brisk stride.’
  • 2one's strideA step or stage in progress towards an aim.

    ‘great strides have been made towards equality’
    • ‘He notes that while geo-thermal and solar energy are still in their infancy, wind power has made significant strides over the past decade, especially in Europe.’
    • ‘Without leaving his wheelchair, he was able to make great strides towards a cure for conditions like his.’
    • ‘Ultimately, I believe both nations must make strides towards the middle.’
    • ‘It's not a hard-and-fast rule, because every so often an athlete or team will make great strides towards success with a big heart and a small wallet.’
    • ‘As early as the 1930s Veblen expressed pride in the enormous strides the country had taken up to that time.’
    • ‘Zambia has so far made some positive strides in this direction although the challenges still remain in some aspects like packaging.’
    • ‘The town has made great strides over the past number of months and the club is delighted with the progress of the team.’
    • ‘There can be no question however that the Spanish League has made tremendous strides over the past few seasons and that Spanish soccer is once again on the rise.’
    • ‘However, an exciting alternative method of acceleration is making great strides towards the next energy regime.’
    • ‘It reflects the great strides the school has made under the new head teacher.’
    • ‘But Professor Brenner said research into blood coagulation had made significant strides over the past two decades.’
    • ‘Southampton has made great strides over the past six years in closing the gap between our results and the national averages, and we are proud of this achievement.’
    • ‘We're looking forward to making massive strides this season, and hopefully there are people out there who could a role in the club, at some level.’
    • ‘It has made admirable strides in recent years towards more democratic access, and it is not in our interest to see them take a step backwards.’
    • ‘I hope people can see the club has made some great strides over recent times.’
    • ‘Within the next five years, with energetic political representation, nationalists will make major strides towards real equality in this state.’
    • ‘Even as the country takes great strides towards progress and the living standards of the urban elite improve, the society slips backwards.’
    • ‘But an ever-expanding organisation has been making vast strides towards solving these problems.’
    • ‘But by French standards, it has made impressive strides towards more acceptable international norms.’
    • ‘Yet, the Union has made far fewer and shorter strides towards integrating societal interests compared to the steps it has taken to subject new policies to collective governance.’
    make progress, make headway, gain ground, progress, advance, proceed, move, get on, get ahead, come on, come along, shape up, take shape, move forward in leaps and bounds
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    1. 2.1one's stride A good or regular rate of progress, especially after a slow or hesitant start.
      ‘the speaker was getting into his stride’
      • ‘It was during these years that Da Vinci hit his stride, reaching new heights of scientific and artistic achievement.’
      • ‘Indeed, in recent days both frontrunners seem to have hit their stride, for the time being at least, and are campaigning smoothly.’
      • ‘The early books are interesting in an evolutionary sense, as they show how Rankin got started and hit his stride.’
      • ‘It's a great show; he's really hit his stride, and most of the pieces are already sold.’
      • ‘The play gains momentum in its second act, in which both leads and two fine male supports, finally hit their stride.’
      • ‘You know, I think we all like to think that we haven't hit our stride yet.’
      • ‘But then maybe about seven or eight minutes in he started to hit his stride.’
      • ‘Morris hit his stride several years later as a member of the Pennsylvania delegation to the Constitutional Convention.’
      • ‘Edwards really seemed to have hit his stride and was right on the mark, whether talking about his background, or addressing issues of concern.’
      • ‘I don't think we've hit our stride in terms of working together.’
  • 3stridesBritish informal Trousers.

    • ‘Otherwise he is all red and black - red shirt, black strides, black jacket with rhinestone trim, and an astonishing pair of lace-ups in red crocodile skin.’
    • ‘I've always wanted to wear spandex strides.’
    • ‘The manic shoppers in search of baby-soft cashmere or cool leather strides range from gamine model types to balding businessmen and sleek middle-aged ladies.’
    • ‘He is often admired for his tasteful shirts, cool strides and groovy haircuts.’
  • 4as modifier Denoting or relating to a rhythmic style of jazz piano playing in which the left hand alternately plays single bass notes on the downbeat and chords an octave higher on the upbeat.

    ‘he's a noted stride pianist’
    • ‘If you love stride, blues and jazz piano but haven't found a definitive collection, look no further.’
    • ‘Here was stride piano playing of the magnificent variety!’
    • ‘James P. Johnson was the prime innovator of stride piano. He embellished basic ragtime syncopation, beginning with a general increase in tempo.’
    • ‘Moran intersperses breathtaking flights of improvisation with vamps, ostinatos, and stride techniques.’

Phrases

  • break (one's) stride

    • Slow or interrupt the pace at which one walks or moves.

      ‘Davis scored from 20 yards without breaking stride’
      • ‘I caught his glance, but they passed without breaking their stride.’
      • ‘I watched his car disappear into the distance, but never broke my stride. ‘Let him go’ I told myself, I meant it in more ways then one.’
      • ‘‘Now no one will see,’ he announced, not once breaking his stride.’
      • ‘The City skipper didn't even have to break his stride as he took the ball into the box and passed it with purpose into the corner of the net.’
      • ‘Barely breaking his stride, Craig Brewster brushes past in the Caledonian stadium tunnel, a surge of purpose.’
      • ‘The smuggler walked right past them through the gate and never broke his stride.’
      • ‘Rupert barely glanced over his shoulder, never breaking his stride as he continued to stroll down the hall.’
      • ‘The important thing is not to break one's stride: to drivers and motorcyclists, you are simply another vehicle, moving steadily in a given direction.’
      • ‘If I broke my stride, I wasn't sure I'd get it back.’
      • ‘He quickly demolished most of the pie, then chucked the remains and the paper bag it had been in on the pavement, without breaking his stride.’
  • match someone stride for stride

    • Manage to keep up with a competitor.

      ‘bargain basement Newry matched their high price rivals stride for stride’
      • ‘Fortunately for the home side, Myers matched him stride for stride and ushered the ball out of harm's way.’
      • ‘However, it might not be too long before City are not just clinging to the coattails of their Premiership neighbours but matching them stride for stride - if only in the fitness stakes.’
      • ‘She was pleased to see that she had matched Nika stride for stride while she let her thoughts run on.’
      • ‘He matches you stride for stride, and he is running very well right now.’
      • ‘Egewe slowed his own pace, matching Zylnain stride for stride.’
      • ‘Playing with the breeze, Glenmanor matched Drumlea stride for stride in the first-half, after which the sides were on level terms.’
      • ‘For an hour his team matched Chelsea stride for stride, creating better chances, constructing more flowing moves.’
      • ‘Having little experience in the whole dance department, I had to watch Matik's footing closely, matching him stride for stride.’
      • ‘A week ago, I was unable to walk… now I matched him stride for stride going through a two mile run.’
      • ‘I asked him as I scurried along beside him, trying to match him stride for stride. ‘I didn't notice you leave.’’
  • take something in one's stride

    • Deal with something difficult or unpleasant in a calm and accepting way.

      ‘I told her what had happened and she took it all in her stride’
      • ‘Fortunately she did not find the IVF regime too unpleasant and took the process in her stride.’
      • ‘A person of unassuming nature, she took things in her stride and was independent by nature.’
      • ‘I know never to expect anything from the criminal justice system, so you are trying to be calm and take it in your stride.’
      • ‘I have to take it in my stride and take a few deep breaths and manage it in the most mature way I can.’
      • ‘I just take it in my stride, but it's kind of hurtful to the families that are involved.’
      • ‘It was as if whatever happens I will take it in my stride and will accept my challenges as they come.’
      • ‘When the time came for Ruby to step into the spotlight, she took things in her stride.’
      • ‘He was a man who thrived on challenge, who took obstacles in his stride; he was proud of it.’
      • ‘So, although the outcome of this war is not in doubt, we may have to take some unpleasant surprises in our stride.’
      • ‘He adapted well to these changes and took things in his stride.’
      deal with easily, cope with easily, think nothing of, accept as quite normal, accept as quite usual, not bat an eyelid
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Origin

Old English stride (noun) ‘single long step’, strīdan (verb) ‘stand or walk with the legs wide apart’, probably from a Germanic base meaning ‘strive, quarrel’; related to Dutch strijden ‘fight’ and German streiten ‘quarrel’.

Pronunciation

stride

/strʌɪd/