from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To walk with long steps, especially in a hasty or vigorous way.
  • intransitive v. To take a single long step, as in passing over an obstruction.
  • intransitive v. To stand or sit astride; straddle.
  • transitive v. To walk with long steps on, along, or over: striding the stage.
  • transitive v. To step over or across: stride a brook.
  • transitive v. To be astride of; straddle.
  • n. The act of striding.
  • n. A single long step.
  • n. The distance traveled in such a step.
  • n. A single coordinated movement of the four legs of a horse or other animal, completed when the legs return to their initial relative position.
  • n. The distance traveled in such a movement.
  • n. A step of progress; an advance. Often used in the plural: making great strides in their studies.
  • idiom hit (one's) stride To achieve a steady, effective pace.
  • idiom hit (one's) stride To attain a maximum level of competence.
  • idiom take in stride To cope with calmly, without interrupting one's normal routine: taking their newfound wealth in stride.

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  • n. A long step.
  • n. The number of memory locations between successive elements in an array, pixels in a bitmap, etc.
  • v. To walk with long steps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of stridding; a long step; the space measured by a long step.
  • transitive v. To walk with long steps, especially in a measured or pompous manner.
  • transitive v. To stand with the legs wide apart; to straddle.
  • transitive v. To pass over at a step; to step over.
  • transitive v. To straddle; to bestride.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To walk with long steps; step.
  • To stand with the feet far apart; straddle.
  • To pass over at a step: as, to stride a ditch.
  • To sit astride on; bestride; straddle; ride upon.
  • n. A step, especially one that is long, measured, or pompous; a wide stretch of the legs in walking.
  • n. The space measured or the ground covered by a long step, or between putting down one foot and raising the other.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. significant progress (especially in the phrase
  • v. cover or traverse by taking long steps
  • v. walk with long steps
  • n. the distance covered by a step
  • n. a step in walking or running


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English striden, from Old English strīdan.

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From Old English stridan ("to stride"), from Proto-Germanic *strīdanan.


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  • You wouldn't have said that if you had ever been properly chidden. how I did that? ;)

    January 10, 2009

  • Well, I think that overall there just isn't anywhere near enough chiding going on these days

    January 10, 2009

  • Yep. Chidden, as pp of chide was common until fairly recently, but now seems to have fallen out of usage and so sounds slightly queer. I don't think stride lacks a standard pp, it's just rarely-used in the perfect.

    January 10, 2009

  • The Oxford American also gives the past participle as stridden. I probably wouldn't say "stridden" (and would rarely say "stride" or "strode"), but I suppose I could imagine a context in which I would write it: "He had stridden the whole length of the field, as the angel had instructed, when he came upon a simple wooden chest on the lid of which were engraved four strange symbols, which he thought might be runes." I doubt if any reasonably educated English speaker would be flummoxed by the word "stridden" in this sentence, even if it's not commonly used in the present-day conversational language.

    January 10, 2009

  • Well, no, I don't, but to be fair, I never say "stride" either.

    Unless I'm saying "she strides stridently," which strikes me as funny.

    Why isn't it just like "ride"?

    January 9, 2009

  • But do you say 'stridden'? I don't. Nor do Deirdre Wilson, Geoff Pullum, and a number of other linguists. It's just not a natural part of standard Present-day English. Details at Language Log.

    January 9, 2009

  • Why isn't it just like ride? (ridden) OED lists it:

    Pa. tense strode (strd), pa. pple. stridden (strd()n), (colloq.) strode. Forms: 1 strídan, 3 striden, 4 strid, (3rd pers. sing. strit), 4-6 stryd(e, 5 strydyn, 4- stride. pa. tense 4-9 north. strade, 5 Sc. straid, 5, 7 strad, 6 Sc. straide, 6 stryd, 7 strid, 7-9 strided, 5- strode. pa. pple. 6 stridde, 7 strid, 9- stridden.

    January 9, 2009

  • Quirk of grammar: the verb lacks a standard past participle. Today I stride left, yesterday I strode right, so that makes twice I have . . .? Various analogical bashes can be made, of course, but you know you're making it up as you go along.

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