From Middle English striden, from Old English strīdan (“to get by force, pillage, rob; stride”), from Proto-Germanic *strīdaną. Cognate with Low German striden (“to fight, to stride”), Dutch strijden (“to fight”), German streiten (“to fight, to quarrel”).
stride (third-person singular simple present strides, present participle striding, simple past strode, past participle stridden or strode or strid)
- (intransitive) To walk with long steps.
- 1697, Virgil, “The Ninth Book of the Æneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], →OCLC:
- Mars in the middle of the shining shield / Is grav'd, and strides along the liquid field.
- To stand with the legs wide apart; to straddle.
- To pass over at a step; to step over.
- 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene iii]:
- a debtor that not dares to stride a limit
- 2020 May 20, Philip Haigh, “Ribblehead: at the heart of the S&C's survival and its revival”, in Rail, page 26:
- For SAC66 is better known as Batty Moss (or Ribblehead) Viaduct - the magnificent, Grade 2-listed, 24-arch structure that strides over the pockmarked ground between Ribblehead station and Blea Moor signal box.
- To straddle; to bestride.
- c. 1608–1609 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ix]:
- I mean to stride your steed.
- Like several other irregular verbs (such as spit), the past participle conjugation of stride occurs with considerable variation.
From Middle English stride, stryde, from Old English stride (“a stride, pace”), from the verb (see above). Doublet of strid.
stride (countable and uncountable, plural strides)
- (countable) A long step in walking.
- 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 7, in The Dust of Conflict:
- Still, a dozen men with rifles, and cartridges to match, stayed behind when they filed through a white aldea lying silent amid the cane, and the Sin Verguenza swung into slightly quicker stride.
- 2011 November 10, Jeremy Wilson, “England Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report”, in Telegraph:
- An utterly emphatic 5-0 victory was ultimately capped by two wonder strikes in the last two minutes from Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner. Before that, England had utterly dominated to take another purposeful stride towards the 2013 European Championship in Israel. They have already established a five-point buffer at the top of Group Eight.
- (countable) The distance covered by a long step.
- (countable, computing) The number of memory locations between successive elements in an array, pixels in a bitmap, etc.
- 2007, Andy Oram; Greg Wilson, Beautiful Code:
- This stride value is generally equal to the pixel width of the bitmap times the number of bytes per pixel, but for performance reasons it might be rounded […]
- (uncountable, music) A jazz piano style of the 1920s and 1930s. The left hand characteristically plays a four-beat pulse with a single bass note, octave, seventh or tenth interval on the first and third beats, and a chord on the second and fourth beats.
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “stride”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- ^ Language Log
- ^ Language Hat
From Old Norse stríða, from Proto-Germanic *strīdaną.
stride (imperative strid, present strider, past stred, past participle stridt, present participle stridende, present passive strides, past passive stredes, past participle passive stredes)
- “stride” in Den Danske Ordbog
From Old Norse stríða, and the adjective stri.
stride (imperative strid, present tense strider, passive strides, simple past stred or strei or stridde, past participle stridd, present participle stridende)
- “stride” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
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