1a long, decisive step:he crossed the room in a couple of strides
[in singular] the length of a step or manner of taking steps in walking or running:the horse shortened its stridehe followed her with an easy stride
2 (usually strides) a step or stage in progress towards an aim:great strides have been made towards equality
(one's stride) a good or regular rate of progress, especially after a slow or hesitant start:the speaker was getting into his stride
3 (strides) British informal trousers.
4 [as 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
1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction:he strode across the road figurativewe are striding confidently towards the future
[with object] walk about or along (a street or other place) with long, decisive steps:a woman striding the cobbled streets
2 [no object] (stride across/over) cross (an obstacle) with one long step.
[with object] literary bestride:new wealth enabled Britain to stride the world once more
break (one's) stride
slow or interrupt the pace at which one walks or moves:Davis scored from 20 yards without breaking stride
match someone stride for stride
manage to keep up with a competitor:bargain basement Newry matched their high price rivals stride for stride
take something in one's stride (US also take something in 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