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break (one's) stride

Definition of break (one's) stride

  1. :  to pause or slow down in one's movement <She jogged straight across the road without breaking (her) stride.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

    :  fracture

    :  rupture

  1. :  an act or action of breaking

    :  the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

    :  a condition produced by or as if by breaking :  gap

  1. :  to stand astride

    :  to move with or as if with long steps

    :  to take a very long step

  1. :  a cycle of locomotor movements (as of a horse) completed when the feet regain the initial relative positions

    :  the distance traversed in a stride

    :  a long step

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to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

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