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stride / strīd/ • v. (past strode / strōd/ ; past part. strid·den / ˈstridn/ ) 1. [intr.] walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction: he strode across the road | fig. striding confidently toward the future. ∎  [tr.] walk about or along (a street or other place) in this way: a woman striding the cobbled streets. 2. [intr.] (stride across/over) cross (an obstacle) with one long step: by giving a little leap she could stride across like a grown-up. ∎  [tr.] poetic/lit. bestride: new wealth enabled Britain to stride the world once more. • n. 1. a long, decisive step: he crossed the room in a couple of strides. ∎  [in sing.] 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. 2. (usu. strides) a step or stage in progress toward an aim: great strides have been made toward equality. ∎  (one's stride) a good or regular rate of progress, esp. after a slow or hesitant start: after months of ineffective campaigning, he seems to have hit his stride. 3. [as adj.] 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: a stride pianist. PHRASES: break (one's) stride slow or interrupt the pace at which one walks or moves. match someone stride for stride manage to keep up with a competitor. take something in (one's) stride deal with something difficult or unpleasant in a calm and accepting way: we took each new disease in stride.DERIVATIVES: strid·er n.

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stride pt. strode, strided, pp. stridden †straddle OE.; walk with long steps XII. OE. str. vb. strīdan = (M)LG. strīden set the legs wide apart; formally corr. to a set of str. and wk. vbs. meaning ‘strive, quarrel’, viz. (M)LG., (M)Du. strīden, OHG. strītan (G. streiten), and OS. strīdian, ON. stríða, with rel. sbs.
Hence sb. XIII.

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stride See dope vector.