astride

[uh-strahyd]
preposition
1.
with a leg on each side of; straddling: She sat astride the horse.
2.
on both sides of: Budapest lies astride the river.
3.
in a dominant position within: Napoleon stands astride the early 19th century like a giant.
adverb, adjective
4.
in a posture of striding or straddling; with legs apart or on either side of something.

Origin:
1655–65; a-1 + stride

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astride (əˈstraɪd)
 
adj
1.  with a leg on either side
2.  with the legs far apart
 
prep
3.  with a leg on either side of
4.  with a part on both sides of

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astride
1660s, from a- (1) "on" + stride (q.v.).
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Example sentences
The site also sits astride key migration routes used by turtles and some
  aquatic species.
The setting: a gladiator-style arena where jockeys go head-to-head astride
  rockets.
His head and shoulders poked through the apex, along with the ears of the horse
  he was astride.
He lived in a big time, astride the changing centuries.
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