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astride

[uh-strahyd] /əˈstraɪd/
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
1655-1665
1655-65; a-1 + stride
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Examples from the web for astride
  • 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.
  • His lively face is round, with wisps of grey hair now astride a balding top.
  • For example, drought conditions may exist throughout a particular watershed that sits astride a state line.
  • Human powered vehicles are activated by means of foot pedals and the driver normally rides astride.
British Dictionary definitions for astride

astride

/əˈstraɪd/
adjective (postpositive)
1.
with a leg on either side
2.
with the legs far apart
preposition
3.
with a leg on either side of
4.
with a part on both sides of
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Word Origin and History for astride
adv.

1660s, from a- (1) "on" + stride (n.).

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