They grew up as the leftovers of an unpopular war, straddling two worlds but belonging to neither.
She seems more nervous than usual, and is straddling something rather than sitting on it.
The structure will be rolled into place on concrete tracks, straddling part of the adjacent building and enclosing the reactor.
People are on the roof of the cab, and straddling the rail of the bed, and pressed into the bed itself.
The newspaper business is almost entirely about straddling this discrepancy.
It was one thing for an eager would-be officeholder to play both camps by straddling the middle.
The universe-straddling machines he has in mind are called quantum computers.
Perhaps the series' biggest balancing act is straddling high-brow and pop-culture labels.
Litter applicator truck doing its calibration run-straddling the center tray.
straddling water resources and social sciences is the management of natural resources.
British Dictionary definitions for straddling
(transitive) to have one leg, part, or support on each side of
(transitive) (US & Canadian, informal) to be in favour of both sides of (something)
(intransitive) to stand, walk, or sit with the legs apart
(transitive) to spread (the legs) apart
(military) to fire a number of shots slightly beyond and slightly short of (a target) to determine the correct range
(intransitive) (in poker, of the second player after the dealer) to double the ante before looking at one's cards
the act or position of straddling
a noncommittal attitude or stand
(commerce) a contract or option permitting its purchaser to either sell or buy securities or commodities within a specified period of time at specified prices. It is a combination of a put and a call option Compare spread (sense 24c)
(athletics) a high-jumping technique in which the body is parallel with the bar and the legs straddle it at the highest point of the jump
(in poker) the stake put up after the ante in poker by the second player after the dealer
(Irish) a wooden frame placed on a horse's back to which panniers are attached
C16: frequentative formed from obsolete strad- (Old English strode), past stem of stride
1565, probably an alteration of stridlen, frequentative of striden (see stride). U.S. colloquial sense of "take up an equivocal position, appear to favor both sides" is attested from 1838. The noun is first recorded 1611.