"strides" in the noun sense
1. pace, stride, tread
a step in walking or running
2. footstep, pace, step, stride
the distance covered by a step
"he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
significant progress (especially in the phrase `make strides'
"they made big strides in productivity"
"strides" in the verb sense
walk with long steps
"He strode confidently across the hall"
cover or traverse by taking long steps
"She strode several miles towards the woods"
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