a long step you make while you are walking [↪ pace]:
Paco reached the door in only three strides.
an improvement in a situation or in the development of something
make great/major/giant etc strides
The government has made great strides in reducing poverty.
3 British English take something in stride American English
to not allow something to annoy, embarrass, or upset you:
When the boss asked Judy to stay late, she took it in stride.
4 British English hit your stride American English
to start doing something confidently and well:
Once I get into my stride I can finish an essay in a few hours.
the way you walk or run:
way of walking[singular]
the runner's long, loping stride
6 especially American English
to begin moving more slowly or to stop when you are running or walking
if you break your stride, or if someone or something breaks it, you are prevented from continuing in what you are doing:
Collins dealt with the reporters' questions without breaking stride.
7 especially British English knock/throw/keep somebody off stride American English
to make someone unable to do something effectively, by not allowing them to give all their attention to it:
Shea's testimony threw the defense off stride.
to manage to be just as fast, strong, skilled etc as someone else, even if they keep making it harder for you