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stride Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a step in walking or running
    pace; tread.
  2. noun the distance covered by a step
    pace; footstep; step.
    • he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig
  3. noun significant progress (especially in the phrase "make strides")
    • they made big strides in productivity
  4. verb walk with long steps
    • He strode confidently across the hall
  5. verb cover or traverse by taking long steps
    • She strode several miles towards the woods

Stride transitive verb
AS. stridan to stride, to strive; akin to LG. striden, OFries. strida to strive, D. strijden to strive, to contend, G. streiten, OHG. stritan; of uncertain origin. Cf. Straddle.
imperfect Strode (obsolete Strid ); past participle Stridden (obsolete Strid); present participle & verbal noun Striding
  1. To walk with long steps, especially in a measured or pompous manner.
    Mars in the middle of the shining shield Is graved, and strides along the liquid field. Dryden.
  2. To stand with the legs wide apart; to straddle.
Stride transitive verb
  1. To pass over at a step; to step over. "A debtor that not dares to stride a limit." Shak.
  2. To straddle; to bestride.
    I mean to stride your steed. Shak.
Stride noun
  1. The act of stridding; a long step; the space measured by a long step; as, a masculine stride. Pope.
    God never meant that man should scale the heavens By strides of human wisdom. Cowper.

Webster 1913