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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
1655-65; a-1 + stride Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Besides, the silent man behind was astride the better animal.

    Bob Hampton of Placer Randall Parrish
  • Every one was afoot or astride a pony, for there was nothing on wheels, not even a barrow.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • Cliffe looked at the small figure a moment, then seized a chair and sat down in front of her, astride.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • If you had seen me get astride of a plank, would you have remained on land, Porthos?

    The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Sandy helped the laird to the horse, and boosted him up astride.

  • These glasses are precisely the same when astride my nose as when lying on the table.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Both guns quickly stopped the rush, but not before three men were astride the concrete wall.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • I got astride of the buttress, and painfully forced my way up.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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