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stride

[strahyd] /straɪd/
verb (used without object), strode, stridden
[strid-n] /ˈstrɪd n/ (Show IPA),
striding.
1.
to walk with long steps, as with vigor, haste, impatience, or arrogance.
2.
to take a long step:
to stride across a puddle.
3.
to straddle.
verb (used with object), strode, stridden
[strid-n] /ˈstrɪd n/ (Show IPA),
striding.
4.
to walk with long steps along, on, through, over, etc.:
to stride the deck.
5.
to pass over or across in one long step:
to stride a ditch.
6.
to straddle.
noun
7.
a striding manner or a striding gait.
8.
a long step in walking.
9.
(in animal locomotion) the act of progressive movement completed when all the feet are returned to the same relative position as at the beginning.
10.
the distance covered by such a movement:
He was walking a stride or two ahead of the others.
11.
a regular or steady course, pace, etc.
12.
a step forward in development or progress:
rapid strides in mastering algebra.
Idioms
13.
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.
14.
strides, (used with a plural verb) Australian Informal. trousers.
15.
take in stride, to deal with calmly; cope with successfully:
She was able to take her sudden rise to fame in stride.
Origin
900
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 forms
strider, noun
stridingly, adverb
outstride, verb (used with object), outstrode, outstridden, outstriding.
Synonyms
12. advance, progress, headway, improvement.
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Examples for stride
  • Bond markets seemed to take the dollar's decline in stride.
  • Cariocas are known for taking things in stride and enjoying life.
  • As advertised, he produced a series of photographs showing the horse virtually stride by stride.
  • Try to take these feelings in stride as much as possible.
  • The list will grow as the pre-announcement season hits its stride in the coming weeks.
  • One of the younger guys was chewing gum and taking it all in stride.
  • For another company, these outages would be taken in stride.
  • Get it wrong and your runner collapses to the ground without taking a single stride.
  • You're in a boat with lots of good company--so try to take it in stride.
  • Possibly the programme may at long last be hitting its stride.
British Dictionary definitions for stride

stride

/straɪd/
noun
1.
a long step or pace
2.
the space measured by such a step
3.
a striding gait
4.
an act of forward movement by an animal, completed when the legs have returned to their initial relative positions
5.
progress or development (esp in the phrase make rapid strides)
6.
a regular pace or rate of progress to get into one's stride, to be put off one's stride
7.
(rowing) the distance covered between strokes
8.
(jazz) Also called stride piano. a piano style characterized by single bass notes on the first and third beats and chords on the second and fourth
9.
(pl) (informal, mainly Austral) men's trousers
10.
take something in one's stride, to do something without difficulty or effort
verb strides, striding, strode, stridden
11.
(intransitive) to walk with long regular or measured paces, as in haste, etc
12.
(transitive) to cover or traverse by striding he strode thirty miles
13.
often foll by over, across, etc. to cross (over a space, obstacle, etc) with a stride
14.
(intransitive) (rowing) to achieve the desired rhythm in a racing shell
Derived Forms
strider, noun
Word Origin
Old English strīdan; related to Old High German strītan to quarrel; see straddle
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Word Origin and History for stride
v.

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.

n.

"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.

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