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[uh-strahyd] /əˈstraɪd/
with a leg on each side of; straddling:
She sat astride the horse.
on both sides of:
Budapest lies astride the river.
in a dominant position within:
Napoleon stands astride the early 19th century like a giant.
adverb, adjective
in a posture of striding or straddling; with legs apart or on either side of something.
Origin of astride
First recorded in 1655-65; a-1 + stride Unabridged
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  • I got astride of the buttress, and painfully forced my way up.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • For all the world she would not have liked them to catch him astride the coping of the wall.

  • "Bring that there bench up, missy, and we'll put him astride it," said the driver.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • From the window of my room I saw the doctor get astride his mule.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • A captain, astride of a great reeking horse, towered above them.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He gloried in mountain scouting, and was in his element when astride a spirited horse.

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • It told of your trying to get astride a bronco, and it was a struggle.

  • He placed her behind his saddle, astride of the horse as if she were a man.

British Dictionary definitions for astride


adjective (postpositive)
with a leg on either side
with the legs far apart
with a leg on either side of
with a part on both sides of
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Word Origin and History for astride

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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